The Internet is certainly the spot to exercise that great freedom of speech law. I personally understand that -- hey, that is why I have a personal blog. However, as a computer geek who desires technology to be used for good and not evil, I cannot ignore the fact that there are groups of people who are racist -- or practice hate -- who have access to the cyber world and will use it to help further their hate message. For me, that is not why the freedom of speech law was created.
Are we allowed to send letters to the legal organizations who handles the laws of cyber world to ask if we can some how regulate these types of people? Maybe. In light of all that is happening, I can guarantee there are those special hate groups talking among themselves via the Internet; just angry and disgusted with people who are in disagreement with their opinions. If you do not believe these hate groups have online footprints, please take the time to use Google -- like I did! They are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter -- all over. I personally feel they should be monitored as closely as terrorists groups, cyberbullies, and those that are considered a threat to the peace in the world.
We often overlook the cyber world as a powerful platform for spreading negativity. We each strive to connect positively but that does not happen as often as we hope. Cyberbullies are still out there. Hackers are still out there. Sexual predators still use online tools to prey on the innocent. We do not hear much about them because the Internet is a common place now. It is like money or food -- it is used every single day. We do not consider how the Internet is being used because it is no longer a "new" fad. I remember when the Internet first became public. The excitement to connect with people around the world from a computer, not a telephone, was awesome! LOL! I remember the first chat rooms and using special applications in school to connect with teachers and friends. Of course, we have more advanced applications now but much of what we have today is the same of what was available when the Internet first came into existence.
However, as with most great tools, people who had negative motives got on the Internet and caused a lot of harm. I remember being in chat rooms and when I described myself, the person would leave the chat room. Yep -- and the sad part, it was not a dating type of chat room (I was too young back then...LOL). It was a basic chat room where you have a personal chat with someone as a friend. Even times I wanted to play a game with a person, I would get denied or rejected. LOL! I laugh about it now but I knew why back then. It was not because I was a girl or I was just in elementary school.
It may be difficult to regulate how far hate messages go via the cyber world. However, I believe if major organizations take the time to monitor and enforce common respect practices, it may help to ensure that hate is not lingering in the cyber world. I know some may consider what these people do is their personal opinion or agenda but honestly, it is not. If they are teaching and sharing hate then hate is wrong. Racism is hate and racism is wrong. If racism does not belong in regular society then it does not belong in the cyber world either.
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Question: How do you ensure you do not entertain hate on the Internet?