Tag Archives: hate speech

Britain Imprisons Nazi Podcasters For Terror Threats

The Associated Press reports: A neo-Nazi podcaster who called for the deaths of Prince Harry and his young son received a prison sentence Thursday along with his co-host Thursday. The sentencing judge in London called the duo “dedicated and unapologetic white supremacists” who encouraged terrorism. Christopher Gibbons and Tyrone Patten-Walsh espoused racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic, homophobic and misogynistic views and encouraged …

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Facebook Suspends LibsOfTikTok For Hateful Content

Mediaite reports: The right-wing social media account Libs of TikTok was suspended from Facebook on Saturday evening for reportedly violating the platform’s community standards. The account, which was launched in April 2020, is known for posting anti-LGBTQ content and opposing progressive activism. Libs of TikTok has amassed a large following on social media with over 2.7 million followers on X …

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Canadian Court Rules “Groomer” To Be Defamatory

The Canadian LGBTQ rights group Egale writes: On December 14, 2023, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decided in Rainbow Alliance Dryden et al. v. Webster to allow a defamation suit by a drag performer and a 2SLGBTQI community organization against an individual who publicly called them “groomers” to continue to trial. In doing so, the court ruled that there …

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EU Investigates X Over Hate Speech And Fake News

The Guardian reports: The social media platform X, formerly Twitter, is being investigated for allegedly breaking EU law on disinformation, illegal content and transparency, the European Commission has announced. The decision to launch formal infringement proceedings against the company, owned by the US billionaire Elon Musk, comes weeks after X was asked to provide evidence of compliance with new laws …

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NYPD Officer Spewed Anti-Gay Slur Over Loudspeaker

Gay City News reports: The Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) is calling on the NYPD to take swift action after a viral video shared on Instagram Oct. 26 appeared to show an officer using an anti-gay slur. In the video, posted by the Instagram user @skymilezz, an officer sitting in a police vehicle at a red light speaks into a …

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WY Hate Pastor Wins Right To Harass Queer Students

Wyoming Public Radio reports A Laramie preacher has won a federal lawsuit against the University of Wyoming (UW). He had sued the university for infringing on his constitutionally protected free speech rights. Last December, Laramie Faith Community Church Elder Todd Schmidt displayed an anti-trans banner in the UW student union, identifying an individual transgender student by name. The university banned …

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EU Launches New Hate Speech/Terrorism Probe Into X

Via press release from the European Commission: Today the European Commission services formally sent X a request for information under the Digital Services Act (DSA). This request follows indications received by the Commission services of the alleged spreading of illegal content and disinformation, in particular the spreading of terrorist and violent content and hate speech. The request addresses compliance with …

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Rumble Host: Execute Taylor Swift And Travis Kelce

Media Matters reports: Rumble host Stew Peters yesterday aired a segment calling for the executions of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce over the Kansas City tight end’s promotion of the COVID-19 vaccine. Advertising for the NFL recently appeared on Peters’ X (formerly Twitter) account, which has more than 400,000 followers. Peters is a verified Rumble host with over 500,000 followers. …

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Anti-Hate Group: Twitter/X Allows 86% Of Hateful Posts

The Center On Countering Digital Hate reports: New research by CCDH shows that X (formerly Twitter) continues to host nearly 86% of a set of 300 hateful posts after a week since we reported them. As of September 7th 2023, tweets promoting and glorifying antisemitism, anti-Black racism, neo-Nazism, white supremacy and/or other racism were still up. CCDH also found dozens …

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Twitter/X Sues California To Block Hate Speech Laws

Reuters reports: Elon Musk’s X Corp sued California on Friday, challenging the constitutionality of a state law establishing new transparency requirements for social media companies, including how they police disinformation, hate speech and extremism. X, the social media platform once called Twitter, said the law, known as Assembly Bill 587, violates its free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First …

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Preachers Scream “You Deserve Hell” At TX Students

Austin’s NBC affiliate reports: As students were released from McCallum High School Tuesday afternoon, the district confirms roughly eight people stood outside with anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion signs. “The protesters were on the sidewalk but were blocking the buses, so they were asked to move,” a spokesperson for AISD said. “Austin ISD Police officers were on-site to ensure everyone’s safety, and …

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Twitter Files Lawsuit Against Hate Speech Researchers

Forbes reports: Elon Musk’s X Corp. sued a nonprofit group that monitors online hate speech, accusing it of falsely describing the social media platform formerly known as Twitter as being “overwhelmed with harmful content.” In the lawsuit, filed late Monday in San Francisco federal court, X Corp. claims The Center for Countering Digital Hate is illegally “scraping” its servers and …

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Twitter Threatens To Sue Hate Speech Researchers

The New York Times reports: Elon Musk has over the last year threatened legal action against tech competitors, employees and people who use Twitter, which he owns. Now he is also taking aim at an organization that studies hate speech and misinformation on social media. X Corp., the parent company of the social media company, sent a letter on July …

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Two Oregon Mayors Resign After Anti-LGBTQ Posts

Oregon Public Radio reports: Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer [photo] resigned Monday, three days after OPB revealed he has been posting offensive content in a private Facebook group for current and former law enforcement officers. Sawyer notified City Manager Spencer Nebel and City Council President Jan Kaplan of his resignation in an email just before 9 a.m. “I am sorry – …

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Major Newspaper Chain Deletes All Comments Sections

Axios reports: MediaNews Group, the local newspaper company owned by Alden Global Capital, has shut down all of its comment sections as of July 1st, due to difficulties in moderating them, executives told Axios. MediaNews Group, also known as Digital First Media, is home to hundreds of weekly newspapers and dozens of daily newspapers, including major regional outlets such as …

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Twitter Ad Sales Plummet 59% Compared To Last Year

The New York Times reports: Elon Musk recently said Twitter’s advertising business was on the upswing. “Almost all advertisers have come back,” he asserted, adding that the social media company could soon become profitable. But Twitter’s U.S. advertising revenue for the five weeks from April 1 to the first week of May was $88 million, down 59 percent from a …

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Twitter Safety Chief Quits After Anti-Trans Controversy

Reuters reports: Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, told Reuters on Thursday that she has resigned from the social media company, which has faced criticism for lax protections against harmful content since billionaire Elon Musk acquired it in October. Irwin, who joined Twitter in June 2022, took over as head of the trust and safety team in November …

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Study: Twitter Allows Hate Speech By Paid Blue Checks

The Hill reports: Twitter has been overwhelmingly not removing hate speech posted on the platform from verified Twitter Blue accounts, according to a report from a nonprofit that opposes the spread of hate and disinformation online. The Center for Countering Digital Hate said on Thursday that its researchers collected tweets promoting hatred from 100 Twitter Blue accounts and reported them …

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Christian Broadcasters Sue To Block Hate Speech Law

Religion News Service reports: The National Religious Broadcasters, an association of Christian media outlets, has joined a lawsuit seeking to block a California law that requires social media companies to publish their policies on removing hate speech from their platforms. “In an environment where much religious viewpoint expression is considered ‘controversial’ speech, NRB is acting to stop the weaponization of …

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“Kill All Gays” Sign Greets Orlando Motorists [VIDEO]

ClickOrlando reports: Orlando police said they’re investigating and confirming a homophobic threat that was posted on a digital traffic sign in Lake Nona that read “Kill all gays.” Police say the threat was posted on a sign at Lake Nona Blvd. and Nemours Pkwy. around 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday and that the sign appeared to have been tampered with. News …

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