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What Exactly is “Hate Speech”?

The United Nations is focusing on hate speech, although it is still not sure what hate speech is.

In a new campaign, the United Nations encourages users to take action if they see hate speech and report it. But how do they define it? They call it speech that is “offensive discourse targeting a group or an individual based on inherent characteristics.” However, they say, “there is no universal definition of hate speech under international human rights law,” and the “concept is still under discussion, especially in relation to freedom of opinion and expression.”

So they can’t define it but they definitely want to police it and they link it to the danger of Hitler. Words that incite violence and prurient speech is already illegal. What are they trying to expand this concept to include in its dragnet?

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