Unfinished Business

New Report Aims to Combat Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online

Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization working to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths, released a report yesterday – titled “Click Here to End Hate: Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online & How to Take Action” – on the widespread anti-Muslim bigotry that happens online, what laws and corporate policies exist to regulate online content, and how people can respond to the hate they encounter on the Internet.

“Online bigotry towards American Muslims continues to be a serious issue, particularly in the last few years where we’ve seen hate groups, anti-Muslim proponents, and public officials use various social media platforms to spread hate,” said Madihha Ahussain, a staff attorney at Muslim Advocates and lead author of the report, in a statement on Tuesday. “People often think that there is nothing they can do to respond, but the reality is that their voices can be a powerful antidote to hate speech.”

The report includes specific recommendations for parents and students, leaders of organizations, Internet companies, and policy makers. To combat online hate ourselves, it suggests we learn about user policies and terms of service agreements, know and use the reporting tools that websites have in place, respond to hate with effective counterspeech (with examples provided), and – if targeted – report threats to law enforcement immediately.

Click here to read the full report.