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Reject hatred

SDN

2021-03-29

The new hashtag #Rejecthate has been launched by the Muslim World League to shed light on all forms of hate speech directed at minority groups, whether racism, anti-Semitism, Christophobia or Islamophobia or others. Last year, Facebook also decided, in a reversal, to ban Holocaust denial. Earlier, the founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said that they did not intend to interfere with users’ opinions. But it is difficult in these times.

The idea seems to be based in part on the liberal idea of ​​the marketplace of ideas, that one should not monitor people’s opinions and thoughts beyond what is absolutely reasonable. Zuckerberg has also been known for supporting that kind of openness. But in the face of both pressure from the outside world and in the face of new realities, he made the decision in October 2020 to start moderating Facebook’s platforms more carefully. Some protests came from the groups or voices that risk being moderated, but it is sensitive and complex. But the paradox of tolerance turns out to come up in that kind of context. Should one tolerate them with racist ideas? In the end, Facebook said no.

It is about standing up against hatred, and marking against it. It also makes it less attractive to be attracted to. There is a social stigma in spreading that kind of theories and reasoning. #Rejecthate is about showing that people have a value and that hatred is negative both for people personally and for society as a whole. It is an admirable attempt to shape communities and bind people together in these difficult times. There is a pandemic going on in the world, in many countries there are governments with problematic agendas that threaten the coexistence of groups and people, politicians and opinion leaders, who feel that they benefit from more stigmatization of certain groups. But personal interests must not get in the way of coexistence, it must be worked for at all levels and in all circumstances. Society benefits from it, and not just a few individuals or groups.

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