Posts tagged hate speech
Monitoring and Analysis of Hateful Language in South Africa: A First Deep Dive

As South Africa gears up for an election, we’ve been monitoring and analyzing trends throughout the country for several weeks to understand and offer insights on the potential relationship between hateful language on social media and instances of violence on-the-ground. We’ll have a series of reports coming out for the next two months (you can read the first one here and then sign-up to receive the rest). But we realized, we don’t just want to present the data to you -- we also want to explain the effects.

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I firmly believe that the uptick in online hate speech around the world has a lot more to do with ignorance than it does any issue having to do with ethnicity, tribe, race, or anything else. This ignorance is costing us greatly. All around the world, and especially in my home country of South Sudan, hate speech has caused violence, ignited conflicts, and has had a deeply enormous and negative influence. The world is more connected now, meaning that we can more easily and quickly communicate with people on a very large scale, but that has also meant that people with ill intentions can also easily and quickly spread dangerous speech on a very large scale.

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Two Is Better Than One: How Automated & Human Monitoring Can Tackle Hate Speech

Online hate speech and incitement are on the rise around the world, and it’s become more and more clear to me that we need to find new approaches to tackle this massive problem. Monitoring hate speech shared online is not new to me personally -- given the scale and prevalence of this issue in Nigeria, it’s something I’ve been working on for a long time to develop innovative solutions to this new-age problem. Unfortunately, the methods and means I was using in the past were neither quick nor efficient enough for the wild fire of hate speech. I knew there had to be something better.

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