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Hate speech on the Internet

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“Haters gonna hate” the American singer Taylor Swift sings in her song “Shake it off”. But hate speech cannot simply be “shaken off”. No matter whether analog or digital, hate speech is a violation of human dignity.

Hate speech can affect anyone. It can be directed against individuals or entire groups. It is about abuse, insult, libel, slander, threats or incitement of the people. For this reason, hate speech is an important topic for today’s political and social education. But what is hate speech and what can be done about it?

Where does Hate Speech start?

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on hate speech back in 1997. It contains a definition of hate speech, which is mostly referred to in connection with the topic. Accordingly, the term hate speech includes “any form of expression which propagates, incites, encourages, promotes or justifies racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including intolerance, expressed in the form of aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, immigrants and people with a migrant background”.

Hate speech must not be seen as an exclusive online phenomenon. However, the disinhibitory effect and the ability to reach as large an audience as possible quickly makes the Internet a popular platform for hate speech.

Hate speech can express itself directly, e.g. through concrete call for violence, and indirectly, e.g. through the spreading of untruths. A distinction is made between several contents, victim groups, patterns and methods of hate speech.
Campaigns and initiatives to combat hate on the net

No Hate Speech Movement
The aim of the Council of Europe’s pan-European campaign is to take an offensive stance against Internet agitation, develop counter-strategies and support those affected.

For freedom of expression - against agitation on the Internet
The appeal of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Institute for Media (LfM) against discrimination and agitation is aimed in particular at the operators of social media to meet their responsibilities more effectively than before.

The platform for young people provides support in solving Internet-related problems such as cyberbullying or violence online and provides information on risks associated with current internet phenomena.

Read more in the dossier "Digital moral courage"
/mediabase/img/cache/5098_740x740.jpg In the anonymity of the digital world, it is important to support those affected by hostility. We need digital moral courage
/mediabase/img/3894.jpg Standards and values, as we know and live them offline are often ignored on the net. My responsibility on the net!?

When does cyberbullying start?

Project idea: The Internet – my mask

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