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The Case for Censoring Hate Speech

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Replace Insecure http://s.huffpost.com/contributors/sean-mcelwee/headshot.jpg 'For the past few years speech has moved online, leading to fierce debates about its regulation. Most recently, feminists have led the charge to purge Facebook of misogyny that clearly violates its hate speech code. Facebook took a small step two weeks ago, creating a feature that will remove ads from pages deemed "controversial." But such a move is half-hearted; Facebook and other social networking websites should not tolerate hate speech and, in the absence of a government mandate, adopt a European model of expunging offensive material...The negative impacts of hate speech cannot be mitigated by the responses of third-party observers, as hate speech aims at two goals. First, it is an attempt to tell bigots that they are not alone...The second purpose of hate speech is to intimidate the targeted minority, leading them to question whether their dignity and social status is secure.'

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