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 Foley Hoag found that the company allowed incendiary hate speech to spread in the lead-up to deadly riots in Delhi in 2020 and violence elsewhere, according to people briefed on its lengthy document. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 The threats are sometimes too vague to rise to the level of pursuing a criminal investigation, and hate speech enjoys some First Amendment protections, often making prosecutions difficult. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2023 The company formed the council in 2016 to address hate speech, harassment, child exploitation, suicide, self-harm and other problems on the platform. Barbara Ortutay, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2023 And in the face of criticism about rising hate speech, Musk has sued one nonprofit and threatened to sue another, the Anti-Defamation League. Christian Davenport and Joseph Menn, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2023 Many considered the blocking feature a tool used to protect themselves on the platform from harassment, hate speech and spamming. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 My Ads, a watchdog group for ways in which the ad industry supports hate speech. David Ingram, NBC News, 6 Sep. 2023 After buying Twitter, Musk reinstated the accounts of prominent users such as Babylon Bee and Andrew Tate that previously were banned for publishing content that violated the platform's hate speech policies before Musk acquired it. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 5 Sep. 2023 For advertisers—still the largest source of X’s revenue—the growth of hate speech and misinformation is a major problem. WIRED, 10 Aug. 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 Oct. 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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