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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nip online campaign hate speech in the bud

A user on social media. /FILE
A user on social media. /FILE

Online platforms are full of shocking political hate content, just 21 days to Election Day. So much so that the Communications Authority, in new guidelines on Friday, ordered social media sites to pull down accounts that disseminate hate speech within 24 hours of being notified by government.

The volume of vitriol posted on social media ahead of the forthcoming 12th General Election is indeed worrying and all-too-reminiscent of the misuse of SMS in the run-up to the 10th election in 2007, that culminated in the post-election violence and dreadful crisis.

The inflaming of passions, explicit insults and abuse, call for swift intervention by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. But what does the NCIC do on a routine workday?

They had better show a sign of life, the hate is spilling over from online to the political rallies, complete with heckling and stone throwing.

As for the broad masses, if you don’t like what the next fellow is saying, exercise your right to stay away from him and all his works.


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