hate speech - updates

Rappler's latest stories on hate speech


Verizon joins brands boycotting Facebook ads over hate speech

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Facebook is under increasing pressure for its hands-off approach to misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly by US President Donald Trump


Islamophobic disinformation, hate speech swamps social media during pandemic

May 22, 2020 - 6:01 PM

A new report reveals that Islamophobic hashtags like #Coronajihad and #MuslimVirus reached 170 million Twitter users

CORONAVIRUS DISINFORMATION. Image adapted from illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for Coda Story.

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:12 AM

'We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation,' says global head of trust and safety Matt Halprin

Twitter lets users 'hide' off-course replies to tweets

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Users are now able to 'hide' tweeted replies that could be seen as abusive or harassing

TWITTER. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Twitter logo is seen on a phone in in Washington, DC. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

More than 100,000 hate videos taken down following new policies – YouTube

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Views on videos that are later removed for violating policies have been reduced by 80% over the last 18 months according to YouTube

Twitter updates rules, focusing on curbing hate speech against religious groups

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Twitter says it will require hateful tweets targeting specific religious groups to be removed, though accounts tweeting such content before the new rules were in place will not be suspended

France's lower house passes online hate speech law

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Members of the National Assembly lower house of parliament vote by 434 in favor to 33 against to adopt the law, which is modelled on German legislation that came into force last year.

Austria NGO fights hate online, one conversation at a time

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Neustart, an organization in Austria, offers a 6-month program that aims to show participants how to 'express one's point of view without denigrating others'

Wioletta Ruehrer (R), a social worker of the organisation Neustart, talks to her client, an internet hater who is taking part in this program after she posted a racist comment on Facebook, in Vienna, Austria on March 19, 2019. - When it comes to the problem of online hate speech, the culprits behind the keyboards and smartphones can take some surprising forms -- just take 74-year-old Viennese retiree Ms H. Angered by an article she read on the internet a year ago, the outwardly unassuming former midwife reacted with a Facebook outburst in which she said all immigrants should be poisoned on arrival in Austria. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Sophie MAKRIS

Facebook bars white nationalism, stepping up hate speech curbs

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 AM

'It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services,' says Facebook

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Rivarol's Twitter account 'called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity,' a spokesman for the French government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body says

In tears and shock, Poland bids farewell to murdered mayor

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:22 PM

"It's hatred that killed Pawel," Civic Platform Party leader Grzegorz Schetyna told lawmakers.

MOURNING. People react as they accompany the coffin of the late mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz is taken from the European Solidarity Center to St Mary's Basilica on January 18, 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:01 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urges Facebook to 'be regulated by (international) human rights law'

ZEID RA'AD AL HUSSEIN. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein addresses the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 26, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Jean-Guy Python/AFP

Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Facebook says they will continue to investigate instances of 'devastating violence' around the world incited by users on the platform

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others for fueling ethnic tensions

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:42 PM

'We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions,' Facebook says in a post

Apple and Facebook delete content of U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Alex Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being 'actors' in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network says

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The social network is targeting bogus posts that may spark violence with a policy change that they're implementing 'during the coming months'

When should hate speech be regulated? Context matters, says UN expert

May 31, 2018 - 6:35 PM

According to United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye, hate speech should be regulated when it incites violence or when it undermines other people's right to express themselves freely

REGULATING HATE. United Nation Special Rapporteur David Kaye submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online. File photo by Adem Altam/AFP

Rappler Talk: UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on how platforms can address hate speech online

May 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

The interview takes up highlights of a report the Special Rapporteur submitted to the UN Human Rights Council where he proposes a human rights-based approach to regulating user-generated content online

Facebook details policing for sex, terror, hate content

May 15, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Facebook says improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, nearly three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017

France's Macron vows cyber hate crackdown

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Germany's anti-hate speech legislation inspires French leader to legislate own laws forcing online platforms to act on hate speech rapidly

German prosecutors drop hate speech case against Facebook

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The prosecutors declare that failing to delete illegal posts in a timely way is not a basis for suspicion of criminal behavior

FACEBOOK. A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas

Unliked: How Facebook is playing a part in the Rohingya genocide

Jan 05, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Facebook’s virtual coercive is one of division, competing realities and a lack of mutual acceptance. In Facebook’s virtual coercive, fiction is reality and lies can validate.

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Facebook’s uneven enforcement of hate speech rules allows vile posts to stay up

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:39 PM

ProPublica asks Facebook to explain its decisions on a sample of 49 items, sent in by people who maintained that content reviewers had erred, mostly by leaving hate speech up, or in a few instances by deleting legitimate expression

Twitter enforces new rules against bad conduct, hateful behavior

Dec 19, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The updated Twitter policies do not apply to military or government entities

FORUM: Truth, trust, and democracy in the age of selfies, trolls, and bots

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM

The public forum on 'Truth, Trust, and Democracy in the Age of Selfies, Trolls and Bots' aims to help promote a better understanding of how social media and other digital platforms work

Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks to spread hate – Human Rights Watch

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Saudi clerics, including those holding official positions, have 'vigorously employed' 21st century tools, like Twitter, to stoke intolerance among millions of followers, Human Rights Watch says

Facebook, Google crack down on hate speech – EU

Jun 01, 2017 - 11:02 PM

The companies are now removing twice as many cases of illegal hate speech and at a faster rate when compared to 6 months ago Vera Jourova the EU commissioner for justice says in the first annual progress report

Usai Ahok, giliran Buni Yani akan disidang karena ujaran kebencian

May 10, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Tim Jaksa Penuntut Umum JPU yang terdiri dari tujuh orang jaksa sudah dibentuk

DIPERIKSA. Terlapor kasus dugaan pengeditan video Ahok, Buni Yani (kedua kanan), didampingi kuasa hukumnya menjawab pertanyaan wartawan usai menjalani pemeriksaan usai memenuhi panggilan Bareskrim Polri di Jakarta, Kamis, 10 November. Foto oleh Reno Esnir/ANTARA

Germany threatens online giants with 50M-euro hate speech fines

Apr 05, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel s cabinet approves the tough measure after assessing that companies like Twitter and Facebook were not doing enough to erase content that ran afoul of German law

Germany proposes heavy fines on Facebook for hate speech

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:52 PM

The draft law which would still require the approval of Chancellor Angela Merkel s cabinet and then the parliament follows several months in which companies had been allowed to take voluntary measures

Pelaku ujaran kebencian terhadap Jokowi-Ahok ditangkap

Mar 03, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Pelaku adalah admin grup Facebook “Keranda Jokowi Ahok”

'Islamophobia' fueling terrorism – UN chief

Feb 13, 2017 - 1:15 AM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the expression of Islamophobic feelings is sometimes the best support that ISIS can have for its propaganda

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) and Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, arrive to hold a joint press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on February 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Pakistan bans top TV preacher over hate speech

Jan 26, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Aamir Liaquat Hussain is accused of inciting hate against supporters of 5 progressive activists who disappeared earlier this month

AAMIR LIAQAT HUSSAIN. In this photograph taken on July 31, 2013, Pakistani television show host Aamir Liaqat Hussain presents an Islamic quiz show Aman Ramadan in Karachi. File photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Internet giants must do more to combat hate speech, says EU

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:31 PM

European Commission scrutinizes the time it takes for Facebook Microsoft Twitter and YouTube to review notifications of potential hate speech

UNDER PRESSURE. The European Commission is putting the onus on these 4 internet giants to combat abusive content on their platforms.

Social media fakery: Tips for spotting questionable accounts

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:45 PM

As social media increasingly becomes a minefield here are some tips to spot dubious users on Facebook and Twitter

The toxic life of a social media producer

Sep 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Everyone needs to understand that words do have power If you re told someone hopes you get killed it will scar you

Germany: Facebook has 'social responsibility' to curb hateful content

Aug 30, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Thomas de Maiziere: Facebook has an immensely important economic position and just like every other large enterprise it has an immensely important social responsibility

GERMANY AND FACEBOOK. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (C) talks to an employee during a vistit at the Facebook office in Berlin, Germany on August 29, 2016. Photo by Stefanie Loos/AFP

10 things Christians can do to apologize to the LGBT community

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:05 PM

A real apology means admitting your mistakes treating us as equals and fighting for our rights the way you would fight for your own

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Jun 01, 2016 - 1:02 PM

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Twitter moves to curb nastiness at Periscope

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:45 AM

A new tool lets viewers of Periscope videos quickly report comments that they perceive to be abusive

Pakistan TV channel warned over anti-Malala hate speech

Feb 12, 2016 - 9:44 PM

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority PEMRA says a program aired by the 24 hour ARY news channel on February 7 used indecent and uncivilized language to describe the 18 year old

MALALA. Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai (C), walks with Syrian refugees on her 18th birthday during the opening of the Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School built by the Kayany Foundation NGO, in Barr Elias, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, July 12, 2015.  File Photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA

‘Hentikan ujaran kebencian pada kaum LGBT’

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Selain ujaran kebencian masyarakat juga dihimbau tidak melakukan ekspresi kebencian

epa03642668 A gay couple, Marcos German-Domingues (R) and Daniel German-Domingues (L), hold rainbow flags outside the US Supreme Court on the day the high court hears the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in Washington DC, USA, 27 March 2013. DOMA is a 1996 law that defines marriage as heterosexual and denies some federal benefits to gay couples. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Diduga langgar UU ITE dan UU Pornografi, Bareskrim tangkap pemilik akun Twitter @ypaonganan

Dec 17, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Aktivis pertanyakan prosedural penahanan Yulian Paonganan

Ilustrasi aplikasi Whatsapp dan Facebook. Foto oleh EPA

Kata Luhut soal #LuhutTakutMedsos

Nov 27, 2015 - 6:50 PM

Staf khusus Menkopolhukam mengatakan konteks pernyataan Luhut adalah dalam kerangka deradikalisasi terhadap propaganda ISIS di media sosial

Mengenal 'hate speech' ala Orba: Bangun citra kejam PKI pasca 1965

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:19 PM

Proses pembentukan citra kejam PKI dimulai sejak 1 Oktober 1965 ketika Suharto menuduh PKI sebagai dalang

Poster film 'Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI' pada 1984.

Kontroversi SE Hate Speech, timing-nya mencurigakan

Nov 06, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Menurut Kapolri SE itu ditujukan ke internal polisi Banyak polisi tidak paham mana yang masuk ujaran kebencian

BADRODIN. Kapolri Jenderal Badrodin Haiti. Foto oleh Romeo Gacad/AFP

Jangan takuti masyarakat yang kritik pejabat dengan pasal ‘hate speech’

Nov 05, 2015 - 1:03 PM

Tafsir pencemaran nama baik dan perbuatan tidak menyenangkan dinilai bersifat karet Apabila tidak dipahami bisa berpotensi menjadi alat mempidana masyarakat

KEBEBASAN BEREKSPRESI. Ribuan Guru honorer K2 dari berbagai daerah melakukan aksi unjuk rasa di depan Gedung DPR, Jakarta Pusat, Selasa, 15 September 2015. Dalam aksinya, mereka menuntut para guru honorer K2 diangkat menjadi Pegawai Negeri Sipil (PNS).

Istana tak akan laporkan penyebar isu foto Jokowi sebagai ‘hate speech’

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:05 AM

Pemerintah tidak akan melaporkan kepada polisi tuduhan rekayasa foto Jokowi saat kunjungi Suku Anak Dalam sebagai ujaran kebencian

Presiden Jokowi berdialog dengan Suku Anak Dalam, saat mengunjungi mereka di Kab. Sarolangun, Jambi, 30 Oktober 2015. Foto oleh setkab.go.id

UN chief hits out at Myanmar election 'hate speech'

Nov 02, 2015 - 11:40 PM

At the core of their ideology is the belief that Myanmar s Buddhist identity is under attack from Muslims and other ethnic minorities

Photo by Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Penyebar info rekayasa pertemuan Jokowi dengan Suku Anak Dalam bisa dijerat 'hate speech'

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Kata Safenet meme itu bukan hate speech tapi berita bohong

Presiden Jokowi berdialog dengan Suku Anak Dalam, saat mengunjungi mereka di Kab. Sarolangun, Jambi, 30 Oktober 2015. Foto oleh setkab.go.id