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  • The consequences of online hate speech – a teenager’s perspective

    The consequences of online hate speech – a teenager's perspective

    Nowadays, the risk for young people to encounter, in one way or another, hate speech online is substantial. While risk does not automatically constitute harm, exposure to online hate does increase the likelihood of individual or societal damage, with a distinction to be made in terms of the various forms harm can take.

  • April SELMA focus: The consequences of hate speech

    consequences of hate speech

    Every month, we focus on a different dimension of the online hate speech phenomenon. These monthly focuses allow to foster a better understanding of how hate speech affects people, how we can respond to it and how we can affect positive change at a wider societal level.

  • Why do young people hate online? A teenager’s perspective

    Teenagers increasingly encounter hateful messages online, particularly on social media – but why do people seem so prone to hate online? As part of our efforts to tackle online hate speech and to provide an evidence-based approach to this phenomenon, we carried out a range of focus groups with teenagers from Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom, to gather their views on online hate speech and the reasons to hate.

  • What happens when you interact with hateful content?

    What happens when you interact with hateful content?

    This article is a short hate speech case study based on the experience of the SELMA Danish partner, Center for Digital Pædagogik, training young people around the country. It offers an example of the fine and delicate line that differentiates hate speech from free speech and how young people should approach hateful content online.

  • Why did I hate online?

    Why did I hate?

    This article is the first in a series of guest contributions in which we ask people associated with SELMA about why they think this project will make a difference. Christian Mogensen, member of the SELMA Education Task Force against online hate speech, explores the psychological mechanisms underpinning online hate speech through his personal experience. "As teenagers, we seem almost biologically destined to not talk about inner turmoil and vulnerability; here is my teenage story from a 30-something perspective."