hate speech


: speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people
Hate speech is not allowed at school.

Examples of hate speech in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First Draft News, a nonprofit that counters hate speech and misinformation, has identified several Islamophobic channels on YouTube, all with over a million subscribers. Parth M.n., WIRED, 23 Nov. 2023 And Elon Musk has turned X, formerly known as Twitter, into a cesspool of hate speech and extremist incitement. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Wednesday’s post also caught the attention of X’s advertisers, many of whom had already been cautious about marketing on the platform because of the rampant hate speech and Musk’s behavior. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, rising hate speech and extremist content on X has put mainstream news outlets and civil rights groups in a tough position. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 Antisemitic and Islamophobic hate speech has surged on many online services since the Israel-Hamas war began. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Law enforcement officials and advocates have noted a dramatic rise in hate speech and threats in the U.S. against the Jewish community, as well as against the Muslim and Arab communities, since Hamas' terror attack on Israel on Oct. 7 killed at least 1,200, according to Israeli officials. Jolie Lash, ABC News, 15 Nov. 2023 According to Statista, Facebook set its own record in 2021, removing more than 31 million pieces of hate speech content. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2023 Hate crimes and hate speech are on the rise in India. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Hate speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hate%20speech. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

hate speech

: speech that is intended to insult, offend, or intimidate a person because of some trait (as race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability)
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