- Feb 27, 2010
A Turkish proverb says "Words can hurt forever .... "https://www.coe.int/en/web/european-commission-against-racism-and-intolerance/hate-speech-and-violence
There have been several studies that link online hate speech as defined above to actual real world violence.
It's becoming more and more obvious that those who persistently spout hate speech in online fora such as this one will potentially act on their threats.
What is also becoming obvious is that governments and law enforcement agencies are now taking these online threats much more seriously, and that they not only are willing to prosecute the poster, but also the site itself for giving them a platform.
The "freedom of speech" argument just doesn't carry much water anymore when it comes to online threats.
Here's is an interesting article from five years ago by an Irish barrister. In it he clearly states:
In Ireland, the crime of online hate speech is normally prosecuted under the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989 and under the Equality Act, however there are further avenues available to the victims under civil law.
I'd like to see what the parish thinks regarding all of this.
Are we headed in the right direction when it comes to striking a balance between freedom of speech versus hate speech?
Is it justified to enjoin a website for allowing hatespeech to go on without sanction?
Have you yourself witnessed online hatespeech?...been a victim of it?
We know, for example, that how we communicate with our children, and the words we use, are really important. It is only slightly less so with adults.
We also know that Social Media posts (especially Facebook and Twitter) played a big role in the Rohingya genocide/ refugee crisis in Myanmar, and in anti-Christian violence in place like Indonesia. However, the developing world is Facebook's growth area, and the company is loath to introduce policing of violent sexual content, less it impact profits.
The online hate speech problem is largely a Social Media one.In Myanmar, hatred whipped up on Facebook Messenger has driven ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya. In India, false child abduction rumors on Facebook’s WhatsApp service have incited mobs to lynch innocent victims. In the Philippines, Turkey, and other receding democracies, gangs of “patriotic trolls” use Facebook to spread disinformation and terrorize opponents. And in the United States, the platform’s advertising tools remain conduits for subterranean propaganda.
Mark Zuckerberg now spends much of his time apologizing for data breaches, privacy violations, and the manipulation of Facebook users by Russian spies.
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