What is so special about online (as compared to offline) hate speech?

Brown, Alexander (2018) What is so special about online (as compared to offline) hate speech? Ethnicities, 18 (3). 297–326. ISSN 1468-7968

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Abstract

There is a growing body of literature on whether or not online hate speech, or cyberhate, might be special compared to offline hate speech. This article aims to both critique and augment that literature by emphasising a distinctive feature of the Internet and of cyberhate that, unlike other features, such as ease of access, size of audience, and anonymity, is often overlooked: namely, instantaneousness. This article also asks whether there is anything special about online (as compared to offline) hate speech that might warrant governments and intergovernmental organisations contracting out, so to speak, the responsibility for tackling online hate speech to the very Internet companies which provide the websites and services that hate speakers utilise.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberhate,hate speech,free speech,internet companies,regulation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2019 01:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64133
DOI: 10.1177/1468796817709846

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