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Alex Jones Called for 'Battle Rifles.' Twitter Called for a Suspension

For 7 days, Alex can't tweet, retweet, or like other posts on Twitter—a 'mild sanctioning' to some

(Newser) - The Twitter-Alex Jones saga continues. "We'll enforce [our rules]" if Jones breaks them, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised last week amid backlash on why the conspiracy theorist accused of hate speech is still afforded a platform on Dorsey's site, and it appears Twitter has followed through. The... More »

Apple Just Made Big Move Against Alex Jones

iTunes removes much of Infowars content

(Newser) - Alex Jones now has a lot more to vent about on his controversial Infowars network, but it will be harder for his fans to hear it. Apple removed five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes, including the popular Alex Jones Show, reports BuzzFeed News . After the Apple decision, Facebook pulled... More »

Declaration of Independence Flagged as Hate Speech

Site apologizes over algorithm issue

(Newser) - The Declaration of Independence contains hate speech, according to Facebook's algorithms. Though the social media site eventually allowed the famed historical document to be shared in full, Texas' Liberty County Vindicator ran into trouble while posting fragments of the text on its Facebook page ahead of Independence Day. Facebook'... More »

Facebook's Move Against Hate Speech, With 500 New Helpers

A new law would fine social networking sites for failing to remove content

(Newser) - Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech, the AP reports. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the... More »

Violent Protests Shut Down Milo Berkeley Talk

Yiannopoulos accuses left of being scared of free speech

(Newser) - A talk by far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California-Berkeley had to be called off Wednesday night as protesters smashed windows, ignited fireworks, and chucked bricks and Molotov cocktails. The university blamed the violence on 150 "masked agitators" it accused of disrupting otherwise peaceful protests against the... More »

Speech Began With 'What a Traitorous B----!' An Ovation Followed

Sandra Jansen rallies colleagues against harassment

(Newser) - It's not often that a room full of bickering lawmakers rises together in a standing ovation, but then it's not often one begins a political speech with "What a traitorous b----!" That's exactly what a Canadian lawmaker did in the Alberta legislature on Tuesday. Sandra... More »

Mark Zuckerberg May Face Hate Speech Charges in Germany

'I think Facebook has changed German society—not for the good'

(Newser) - A pair of German lawyers are hoping to squeeze a $163 million fine out of Mark Zuckerberg by claiming Facebook allows users to post anti-Semitic messages and other hate speech, Vice reports. "I think Facebook has changed German society—not for the good," attorney Chan-jo Jun says. It'... More »

Woman Donating $1 for Every Hateful Tweet

UNICEF will profit from Susan Carland's online trolls

(Newser) - "Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with what is better." That's the line from the Koran that Dr. Susan Carland says came to mind as she sat one day mulling the best way to deal with online trolls attacking her because she's Muslim. She... More »

Facebook to Crack Down on Hate Speech

Admits previous moderation has failed

(Newser) - Facebook came under fire last week—or more fire than usual—after feminist groups demanded the site take action against pages promoting violence against women, prompting Nissan and other companies to pull their ads from the site until the issue was addressed. Response has been swift: The social media service... More »

ESPN Yanks Anti-Jewish Fantasy Football Names

Site pulls leagues with anti-Semitic names

(Newser) - ESPN is cracking down on anti-Semitism. Of late, a gaggle of bigoted fantasy football enthusiasts have been creating league names like "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews are terrible". In response, ESPN expelled from the online community all such anti-Semitic designations, USA Today reports. More »

Bono Slammed for 'Shoot the Boer' Song Stand

Controversial lyrics part of political protest, says singer

(Newser) - Bono is in hot water in South Africa after he appeared to support a song whose lyrics include the line "shoot the Boer." In an interview, the U2 frontman indicated such music is part of political protest and compared it to songs linked to the Irish Republican Army,... More »

Saxby Chambliss Fires Staffer for Anti-Gay Post

Senator apologizes for comment posted from his office

(Newser) - Sen. Saxby Chambliss issued a formal apology yesterday for the anti-gay comments posted to a website by a member of his staff ... who savvily did so while at work in the senator's office. "I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused," Chambliss said in a written... More »

Lady Gaga 1, Hate Church 0

Pop star outclasses Westboro Baptist protesters

(Newser) - Lady Gaga tangled with the Westboro Baptist Church—the hate group that pickets service members' funerals —"and love outnumbered the hate," the singer tweeted . "When the Westboro Baptist protesters showed up with signs outside her St. Louis show Saturday night," Lindsay Robertson blogs for Jezebel,... More »

'Hunt-a-Homo Week' Proposed by Pastor

For real. 1995 sermon comes back to haunt Baptist homophobe

(Newser) - Are you a non-homophobic person looking for something to get very, very angry about? Then check out this horrifying audio Dan Savage has dredged up of a sermon given by Pastor Jeff Owens, of the Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church in West Virginia. “In America we need to stop burning... More »

Coulter Disses Canada, Defends 'Jokes'

Ann makes the rounds with Bill O'Reilly, Joy Behar

(Newser) - Ann Coulter has made no secret of her displeasure after a recent appearance at the University of Ottowa was canceled , and she defended herself on a mini media circuit last night. She told Bill O’Reilly she finds it “funny that a lot of my most hateful speech are... More »

Coulter Rips Canadians, Wants Antagonist Jailed

Ottawa is 'Indian for Land of the Bed Wetters,' righty howls

(Newser) - Conservative Ann Coulter is lashing out at Canada in general and the antagonistic provost at the University of Ottawa, where her speech last night was canceled after “a bunch of whining crybabies” called for the burning of her books while chanting “something about ‘Molson’ and a ‘... More »

Coulter Speech Canceled After Student Protest

Rioting feared after she tells Muslims to 'take a camel' instead of flying

(Newser) - On fears that "threatening" student protests would escalate into rioting, a Canadian university last night canceled a planned speech by Ann Coulter. Some 2,000 students protested at the University of Ottawa after Coulter told a Muslim student to "take a camel" as an alternative to flying—a... More »

Coulter Accuses Canadian U. of 'Hate Crime'

Pre-speech warning irks right-leaning American firebrand

(Newser) - Ann Coulter didn’t take kindly to a Canadian university official’s warning that she review the country’s speech laws ahead of an appearance tonight, with the righty pundit saying the official is himself guilty of a “hate crime.” More »

Canadian College to Ann Coulter: Watch Your Mouth

Ottawa university warns conservative pundit about hate speech

(Newser) - A University of Ottawa administrator has some friendly advice for Ann Coulter, who has a speaking engagement there this week: Review Canada’s hate speech and defamation laws. “Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges,”... More »

Hate Speech Soars on Social Networks

Hate speech up 20% on the Web

(Newser) - Hate speech is on the rise online, particularly on social networking sites. A new study registered about 11,500 hate-affiliated web pages, up 20% from last year, along with a growing number of terror-related "how to" sites. "The spike is not in traditional websites in the United States,... More »

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