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31 January 2020

When should we silence those who we disagree with?

Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has had her Twitter account suspended for violating its anti-hate policy.

Twitter typically doesn't comment when an account is suspended.

Late last year Twitter broke its silence on why it has not blocked US President Donald Trump, who in the eyes of many has tweeted or reposted hateful comments. Twitter said it made exceptions for world leaders.

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12 January 2020

This article is important for all of us. It shows how UK media create fake news to nurture racism and extremism.

If you want to understand the Sussexes’ decision to step back from front-line royal duties, then the answers are contained in one remarkable legal document.

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08 August 2019

Since joining The Daily Express 18 months ago as editor, Gary Jones has sought to put an end to its "Islamophobic sentiment” and anti-immigration rhetoric, efforts he hopes are being noticed by wary advertisers.

Under his steerage Jones proudly says it's not longer petitioning to ‘stop the flood’ of migrants. Instead, he lays claim to campaigns such as getting over 75s a free TV licence again (60,000 readers signed letters of support) and pushing to get the NHS to stock Cystic Fibrosis drug Vertex, which it says could help extend the lives of some 10,000 UK people with the illness. But has it really made the u-turn across all aspects of its editorial?

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09 August 2018

Online hate speech is a growing problem. People often experience the internet to be a hostile space. Hateful messages are increasingly common on social media. To complement existing initiatives to regulate, monitor or report online hate speech, a more pro-active answer is clearly needed.

SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) is a two-year project co-funded by the European Commission which aims to tackle the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect.

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16 November 2016

One in three internet users between the ages of 12 and 15 say they saw "hate speech" online in the past year, according to Ofcom's latest survey of children's media habits.
It is the first time the UK regulator has posed a question about the topic in its annual study.
The NSPCC charity said the finding was "very worrying", adding such posts should not be tolerated.

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