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Hate Speech In Social Media: An Exploration Of The Problem And Its Proposed Solutions, Caitlin Elizabeth Ring Jan 2013

Hate Speech In Social Media: An Exploration Of The Problem And Its Proposed Solutions, Caitlin Elizabeth Ring

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Social media are rife with hate speech. A quick glance through the comments section of a racially charged YouTube video demonstrates how pervasive the problem is. Although most major social media companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have their own policies regarding whether and what kinds of hate speech are permitted on their sites, the policies are often inconsistently applied and can be difficult for users to understand.

Many of the decisions made by the content removal teams at these organizations are not nearly as speech protective as the First Amendment and U.S. Supreme Court precedent on the ...