Noting a correlation between hateful discourse online and actual hate crime the initiative seeks to help law-enforcement professionals and civil-society organizations better counter hate speech.
An initiative to fight hate crime was launched on Monday evening at the Google offices in Brussels. The project is a collaboration between the European Commission, social media giants Twitter and Facebook and Jewish NGO CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.
There is an emerging correlation between hateful discourse, which circulates quickly online, and hate crime - which includes harassment, vandalism and violence.EU member states are now accountable for recording bias-motivated crimes 1 and ensuring that victims have access to justice. The European Commission and IT companies have recognised the echo chamber provided by the internet in amplifying the spread of hate in society, resulting in the recently agreed Code of Conduct which should see a more effective response to take down and prosecute criminal hate speech online.
HELPING TO CREATE AN INCLUSIVE AND DEMOCRATIC EUROPE WHERE PEOPLE ENJOY THEIR FULL POTENTIAL WITH ALL THEIR DIVERSITY
CEJI has a unique capacity to understand the complexity of racism in Europe and fosters authentic cooperation between key players coming from different backgrounds.”
Samia Hathroubi, Director of Development, Coexister
Press release 24 November 2016 - Launch Event with First Vice President Frans Timmermans on 5th December 2016. Join us for the launch of the first-of-its-kind online training course to monitor hate crime and counter hate speech.
First Vice President Frans Timmermans will be speaking about the European Commission’s approach to deal with the most burning issues of hate crime and hate speech. The press conference will take place between 16h – 17h, after which you are invited for drinks and networking until 18h.