On Friday the 22nd of July, the European Day for the Victims of Hate Crime, we held a Q & A session on Twitter. Our experts answered all the questions coming in via #askGTTO.
We started off with the launch of our new website as well as the tips and the guide on how to counter hate speech on Twitter.
Questions started coming in!
Our experts were ready to answer the questions by helping people find additional resources, or giving guidance on how to deal with online hate speech.
..And @bobtodd32557426 If you are using a reporting site, remember to include screenshots as evidence of potential hate crime .— Get The Trolls Out (@GetTrollsOut) July 22, 2016
Examples were taken from recent news stories on how to deal with hate speech.
We were happy to see that people are aware of the levels of hate speech on Twitter, and realised that something needs to be done about it.
The question from ENAR Hungary showed us that a lot depends on whether you are an individual or an organisation trying to combat hate speech online
#askGTTO Which one you prefer: ignoring or responding? We always react on hate comments with counter-narratives.— ENAR-Hungary (@ENARHungary) July 22, 2016
Sometimes it might be better to seek help or other support from an organisation, when you encounter hate speech. You always have to keep in mind your own safety:
Even if you yourself are not the target of the hate speech, you can still contribute by reporting it!
The main question however remains: what is your goal?
Check out #askGTTO if you want to see more of the Tweets that were written during the Q&A session on Friday the 22nd of July. Or, if you have more questions, check out our full guide or please don't hesitate to get in touch!