Hate Speech And Social Media

What is Hate Speech?

Any sort of exchange of words in verbal, written, or behavioral structure that assaults or uses the derogatory or unfair language regarding an individual or a gathering based on what their identity is, as such, in view of their religion, nationality, ethnicity, race, color, descent, sex or any other distinguishing factor is known as Hate Speech.

Understanding Hate Speech over the Social Media:

The Internet has permitted individuals across the world to associate promptly and has reformed the manner in which we convey and share informational data with each other.

From numerous points of view, the Internet has greatly impacted society. For instance, it encourages us to impart effectively and to share information on a wide range of significant subjects productively: from the treatment of infection to fiasco alleviation.

However, the Internet has likewise expanded the potential for hate. Having the option to speak with a mass crowd has implied that the manner in which we draw in with governmental issues, public undertakings, and each other has additionally changed. Disdainful messages and affectations to brutality are circulated and intensified via online media in manners that were not already conceivable.

Hate Speech is often understood as a concept covering all forms of expressions which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia (a fear or hatred of foreign people and cultures), Anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including intolerance expressed by aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, migrants and people of immigrant origin.[1]

Causes of the occurrence of Hate Speech on Social Media:

The greatest cause is that the current period, which is of the advanced digital media, has permitted any online discourse or substance to be shared merely by a single tap of a screen without even of the slightest of hesitation for the consequences that may follow.

It is clearly understandable that if there is so much of ease and liberty being provided to the online content publishers, it is not the case that all of them would have the same mindset and thought process about any of the same or even similar subjects. There would be both positive and negative outcomes coming out which will also be followed by their repercussions also.

It is a well known principle of the division of power that, “Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts absolutely” which means too much power, ease or liberty can lead to Hate Speech been circulated over the Social Media which also trigger a state of Anarchy throughout the State.


How to tackle increasing Hate Speech over the Social Media:

Today’s era of the digital media allows online speech and content to be shared anonymously and without even of the slightest of hesitation for the consequences that may follow up later. While the demonstration of distributing on the web is momentary, instruments intended to control discourse are regularly lumbering and moderate. Also, in customary types of media, there was publication oversight from an individual other than the creator before distributing which fairly went about as a harmony between the positive and the Hate Speeches turning over the Social Media stages generally. The speed and sheer measure of substance, just as the absence of publication oversight, make web-based media stages a specific test for controllers.

Managing scorn discourse online is a significant strategic challenge. Policymakers should guarantee that any guideline of web-based media stages doesn’t unduly debilitate the right to speak freely of discourse. Given the intricacy of the issue, close checking of new administrative activities around the globe is important to evaluate whether a decent equilibrium has been struck between the insurance of the right to speak freely of discourse and the preclusion of scorn discourse. All together for this checking to happen, online media organizations should be straightforward about the substance that they are eliminating and make their information accessible to analysts and the more extensive public for investigation.

Disclaimer: The views are personal.


Youkteshwari Prasad

Fourth Semester, 

Amity Law School, NOIDA

[1] Natalie Alkiviadou, “Hate speech on social media networks: towards a regulatory framework?”, July 4, 2018, available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13600834.2018.1494417?casa_token=TrhYYYOYaRsAAAAA%3AMWrm69DjgG6jlO2JRZKix8ZgpMLvHEHbxhLtrs5f_FLgpE9iUvGwD458iFQx-I0IXwlW5FfpBJCqrw (last visited on 12th Feb 2021).

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