Saturday, September 1, 2012

Simon Wiesenthal annual Digital Terror & Hate Report 12% increase

The 2012 DTH Report is based on approximately 15,000 problematic Web sites, social networking pages, forums and newer online technology games and apps.

The greatest increase of digital hate has emerged from Facebook and YouTube have seen a proliferation of extremist use, with 30% of new postings on Facebook alone


There has been a 12% increase to 14,000 problematic social networks websites, forums, blogs, twitter, etc. (up from 11,500 last year), comprised on the subculture of hate.

The dramatic increase in “trolling”, the online activity wherein the identity of an innocent person is hijacked by bigots and bullies. The tactic is also used to discredit anti-hate activists online.


Twitter has Trolls but this is not seen on facebook


1) More difficult to make and register user names on facebook than on twitter

panel discussed some of the findings from the report, which included:
• The negative effects that online content developed out of hate and terrorism can have on
• The negative online communities that are created and how they can lead an individual 'lone
   wolf' to develop their ideas and act in hateful ways.
• How hateful online information is familiar to children but often parents and teachers are
   unaware of the content available to their children.
Quotes from panelists:
• "There are no librarians on the internet. Nobody is watching over the content online." Rabbi
   Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center
• "The Media Awareness Network has found that in a study of almost 6000 children's
   favourite websites, these sites contained a lot of violence and hateful humour. Parents and
  educators are generally unaware of the popularity of these kinds of sites

"Youth are growing up a lot quicker in the digital era; social networking comments sections
are a hotbed for hate." Ashley McFarlane, communications professional, Urban Alliance on
Race Relations.
• "Those that are in charge of these sites can set the rules. What shocks me is that sites
   abdicate their right to remove hateful content." Martin Gladstone, gay rights activist and

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