A significant number of young people (aged 14-24) in Europe, but we can affirm globally, are targeted by online hate speech. This is especially true for youths who belong to social minorities or are politically engaged online, actively expressing opinions and standing up for vulnerable social groups.
The effect of such hateful utterances can involve severe psychological harm, especially for youths who have to master developmental tasks.
The coronavirus pandemic – and the insecurity and economic hardship it brought along – seems to have contributed greatly to a surge in hate speech and hate crime. Online hateful theories and discourses found during the pandemic impact new traditional or possibly new patterns to be widely disseminated based on the scapegoat mechanism, rumours and fake news dissemination.
Despite this gained awareness, little is known about the main trends, words, expressions and codes used by the online haters to disseminate cyber hate.
It is, thus, crucial to make a bold step towards improving our understanding of the prevalence and spread of on-line hate speech and towards empowering ordinary citizens, especially younger ones, to monitor and report hate speech.
Considering this, #Hatetrackers wants to involve and work with young people aged 14-24, train and educate them providing them with Human Rights Education and Digital Literacy to make them recognize what online hate speech is and to prevent victimization experiences.
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