Countering Hate on the Internet

Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Vol. 22 (2014), pp. 431-443.

21 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2014

Date Written: December 29, 2014


Hate speech is designed to threaten certain groups publicly and act as propaganda for offline organizations. Hate groups use websites to share ideology and propaganda, to link to similar sites and to recruit new converts, advocate violence and to threat others. The aim of this paper is to analyse the ways hate mongers are utilizing the Internet, and to ask what can be done to counter their activities. The paper discusses the targets of hate on the Internet and offers practical proposals to address this increasing problem and fight against it.

Keywords: hate speech, Internet, violence, racism, discrimination, bigotry, threats, propaganda, social media

JEL Classification: z00

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael, Countering Hate on the Internet (December 29, 2014). Annual Review of Law and Ethics, Vol. 22 (2014), pp. 431-443.. Available at SSRN:

Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Contact Author)

University of Hull ( email )

Cottingham Road
Hull, Great Britain HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

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