What is cyber hate and why do we want to counter it
Cyber hate is hate speech found online. There is no universal definition of hate speech, so here is INACH’s definition of it: Hate speech is intentional or unintentional public discriminatory and/or defamatory statements; intentional incitement to hatred and/or violence and/or segregation based on a person’s or a group’s real or perceived race, ethnicity, language, nationality, skin colour, religious beliefs or lack thereof, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, political beliefs, social status, birth, age, mental health, disability, disease.
There are many different legislation that make (online) hate speech illegal. The reason it is illegal is illustrated in this interactive pyramid of hate.
Side note: One of the biggest misconceptions that surrounds the phenomenon is that hate speech is equal to free speech. Here is a quick video summarizing why it is not.
If you want to know more about this topic, and learn about many different ways to counter it, have a look at our Counter Speech training!
Ever notice cyber hate?
If you ever notice any of this online, please click the button at the top of this page to report it.
Here is our very own booklet, if you want to know more about the definitions we use to detect cyber hate.