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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 »

Righty Radio Host Savage Off 'Banned in Britain' List

Conservative talk-show still suing former UK home secretary for libel

(Newser) - Radio talk-show host Michael Savage can again enter the UK after Britain’s new home secretary decided to take him off the country’s “banned in Britain” list, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The conservative pundit is still suing the former home secretary, Jacqui Smith, for libel after putting... More »

Barred Savage Calls for British Boycott

Savage, Phelps lash out at UK's hate speech penalty

(Newser) - Right-wing radio mouth Michael Savage has branded British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith a "witch" and urged his listeners yesterday to boycott the country's products and cancel trips to Britain, the Daily Telegraph reports. "I suggest you stop buying English made goods," fumed Savage, who has been barred... More »

Savage May Sue Britain for Banning Him

Radio host fumes over making extremist list

(Newser) - Radio yakker Michael Savage isn't amused that he's ended up on a list of people banned from Britain for spreading hate. The conservative talk show host told the San Francisco Chronicle he's considering legal action. "Today it's me. Tomorrow it's someone else," he said. "The land of... More »

Sacramento GOP Site Takes Down Obama Hate Images

Officials voice disgust over local party linking Dem to bin Laden

(Newser) - Sacramento Republicans yesterday removed images from their website urging voters to “Waterboard Barack Obama” and declaring “The Only Difference Between Obama and Osama is a Little BS.” State party leaders condemned the content, with a spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calling it “completely and totally inappropriate,... More »

Time to Ditch the Word 'Retard'?

(Newser) - Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder is just the latest example of how the word "retard" has become a pop-culture phenom, but the movie also has served as a catalyst for disability advocates who claim that the word is offensive and must go, writes Lynn Harris in Salon. Are they right?... More »

Hate Speech: Is US Protection Too Broad?

Free speech protections increasingly at odd with European model

(Newser) - Several years ago American conservative journalist Mark Steyn published a piece denigrating Islam in Maclean's, the leading newsweekly in Canada. While its tone was sharp, its content was no more inflammatory than the material in American rightwing publications. But now Maclean's is facing trial for publishing hate speech, writes Adam... More »

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