On November 30, 2018, the website IsraellyCool posted an article asserting that Steven Fox, founder and CEO of Veracity Worldwide, a business intelligence company, had posted a number of antisemitic entries and comments on a public Facebook page.
Fox emphatically and categorically denies any connection to the Facebook page in question. “It’s a categorical impersonation of me,” Fox said over the phone and stated that he will soon be contacting the FBI and Israeli law enforcement in an attempt to discern who made the page. He also stated that he will be filing a complaint with Facebook itself to get the page taken down as soon as possible.
The entries are profoundly antisemitic. What made the article so astounding was that Fox is a successful player in the business intelligence community. Fox spoke about the impact of corruption on the international business climate at the World Economic Forum in the Philippines in 2014.
For a successful businessman to be willing to risk his career and destroy his reputation by posting such hateful commentary on a publicly available Facebook page simply astounded the imagination.
In an effort to determine whether or not the postings attributed to Fox were in fact posted by the Fox himself, CAMERA reached out by email and phone to Veracity Worldwide. In a phone conversation and in an email statement, Steven Fox categorically denied that the Facebook page that served as the basis for the IsraellyCool article is his.
Fox has provided CAMERA with a link to his own Facebook page and states that the image used on the false page was taken from his LinkedIn account. Fox has also provided CAMERA screenshots of his own Facebook page (which will not be posted) to demonstrate that the page that served as the basis of the IsraellyCool article was fake.
In addition to contacting Fox via Veracity Worldwide, a CAMERA researcher posted a query on the antisemitic Facebook page attributed to Fox asking if the page belonged to the same person profiled in the IsraellyCool article. The researcher was blocked.
The posting and commentary on the Facebook page is “deplorable, no question about it. We are in 100 percent agreement,” Fox said.
Fox provided CAMERA with the following statement via email:
The Facebook page you have referenced is a complete fabrication. I am astounded that anyone would create such hateful and insidious remarks and then attribute those to me. I have never and would never post such remarks. I have alerted the appropriate authorities.
CAMERA has contacted (via Twitter) the author of the article at IsraellyCool and informed him of Fox’s categorical denials. When CAMERA receives more information, this article will be updated.
Update 3:19 p.m. IsraellyCool has updated the article regarding Steven Fox, concluding that Fox is the victim of an antisemitic impersonator. The article can be seen here. The article states, “It does not seem reasonable that the antisemitic person behind the Steven Fox Facebook page would be the real Steven Fox in light of this new information.”
CAMERA commends IsraellyCool for correcting the record.