New Westminster Record: UK judge bans singer from social media over anti-Semitism. “A folk singer who posted videos on YouTube insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust has been banned from using social media. A judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced Alison Chabloz on Thursday to a 20-week suspended prison sentence, a year-long social media ban and community service.”
New York Times: Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate. “Security is tight at this brick building on the western edge of Berlin. Inside, a sign warns: ‘Everybody without a badge is a potential spy!’ Spread over five floors, hundreds of men and women sit in rows of six scanning their computer screens. All have signed nondisclosure agreements. Four trauma specialists are at their disposal seven days a week. They are the agents of Facebook. And they have the power to decide what is free speech and what is hate speech.”
Penn State Collegian: Racial slurs in Snapchat videos bring free speech, hate speech into the spotlight at Penn State. “Over the weekend, two white female college students recorded themselves vocalizing racial slurs from a rap song and posted the videos to social media. By Monday night, one of those students had been removed from her sorority at William Paterson University, and the other brought Penn State under fire.” Unfortunately this kind of thing happens a lot and if I included every instance in RB I would have no room for anything else. I am including this particular example because the article is extensive and shows the evolution of both community pushback and university response.
BBC News: Facebook bans Britain First pages. “Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders. The social media company said the group had repeatedly violated its community standards. Earlier this month, Britain First’s leader and deputy leader, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed after being found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.”
Phys .org: Technology and regulation must work in concert to combat hate speech online. “Online bullying, hate and incitement are on the rise, and new approaches are needed to tackle them. As the Australian Senate conducts hearings for its Inquiry into cyberbullying, it should consider a two-pronged approach to combating the problem.”
Fast Company: LinkedIn is cracking down on hate speech and abuse. “You’d think a social network for professionals would be a professional place, yet LinkedIn can be no different from Facebook or Twitter at times when some bad actors choose to abuse and insult other LinkedIn users. With that in mind, LinkedIn appears to be cracking down on abuse and hate speech on its platform. The company has announced its new Professional Community Policies in a blog post and says it will begin cracking down on users that break those policies.”
Polygon: Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers. “Atomwaffen Division, The Right Server, Nordic Resistance Movement, Iron March and European Domas are just some of the servers that were shut down recently as part of Discord’s attempt to purge its platform of hateful content.” Discord is a chat app designed for gamers but some people just use it because they like it. Lifehacker has a good overview article.