In order to combat racism and discrimination online, it is vital to raise public awareness of the phenomenon and to reduce society’s acceptance of online hate speech.
The Council of Europe’s youth campaign No Hate Speech (2012-2018) was doing just that by fighting online hate speech in all its forms. The campaign showed the danger of online hate speech both to democracy and the individual person.
By promoting media and internet literacy, the campaign tried to enable young people not only to avoid, but actively fight cyber-bullying and cyber-hate, directed at themselves or others.
It aimed at developing youth participation and citizenship online, supplied participants with tools for constructive responses to hate speech and supported them in standing up for human rights – online and offline.
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