As countries are calling for laws to control extremism online, it is becoming clear that defining the line between hate speech and free speech is a complex challenge.
National regulation of free speech should be by governments, and not corporations, in order to be democratic.
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Don't swear off social media. Use it to your advantage.
A new theory of language suggests that people understand words by unconsciously simulating what they describe. Repeated exposure – and the simulation that comes with it – makes it easier to act.
A new machine learning tool can detect and classify different strengths of Islamophobic hate speech on Twitter.
Hateful images are making their way from niche sites onto popular social networks at an alarming speed. Here's how it works.
Why do people believe absurd lies about George Soros? The answer depends on the platforms you use, the media influencers you follow and the memes you see.
Disinformation in Africa often takes the form of extreme speech inciting violence and spreading racist, misogynous, xenophobic messages.
Hysterical narratives promoting fear among some Americans may be more effective at sparking violence than hate speech is. Social media companies are expected to guard against both.
How can a hashtag supportive of refugees be hijacked by those opposing them? An empirical study explores the process.
Twitter and Facebook have said they will take steps to fight hate and abuse on their sites, but they have not yet adequately addressed the problem.
Many tech titans say they can self-regulate online hate speech and extremism with artificial intelligence, but can they?
It's a crime in many states and territories to publicly threaten or incite violence toward someone based on race, religion and sexual orientation. But what about gender?
Research has shown that large social platforms like Facebook can reinforce problematic social hierarchies and prejudices around gender, sexuality and race.
While they may talk about 'free speech,' businesses make decisions about their content based on a very different set of principles.
Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have been around since American broadcasting began. With Alex Jones banished from the web, someone else will take his place.
The leader of the United States has made immigrants the new face of a threatening “Other,” a primitive savage who has many of the features of the "Indians" of the American frontier myth.
Free speech may protect offensive speech, but we degrade this central right when we see it as simply the right to offend, regardless of the impact on others.
Spoiler: NetzDG does not cover all hate speech and probably won't have a 'chilling effect' on users.