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The internet has become a phenomenal tool for hate groups. Do you agree with this statement?

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Compared to all that the internet does, 'hate groups' are invisible to those who do not go looking for them and 'love groups' dominate the net. Another problem with this is the political definitions of 'hate' which can be and are routinely applied to people simply criticizing the behavior of murderous racist psychopaths. The term 'hate groups' really is just propagandists building a mental trash can, like the term 'conspiracy theory', for the lazy average mind so it doesn't have to think about the inconsistencies it sees that confront and contradict its limited view of its own reality. If one really wanted to define 'hate groups', religions and political parties should be at the very top of the 'examples' column.

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The internet has become a phenomenal tool for anyone and everyone- so it is only natural that hate groups would also use it.

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The internet has become a phenomenal tool for hate groups. Do you agree with this statement?

Of course.

It’s also useful in the sense that we can easily find out what these people think.

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It is not what they think, for they do not, it is what they believe.

JimizoToday 10:32 am JST

The internet has become a phenomenal tool for hate groups. Do you agree with this statement?

Of course.

It’s also useful in the sense that we can easily find out what these people think

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The internet has become a phenomenal tool for anyone and everyone- so it is only natural that hate groups would also use it.

Yup.

Its the town square writ large. Traditionally you could see and participate in all sorts of good and bad in the town square.

Its also the case that the internet is really still in its infancy. Compared to books and newspapers and other forms of public communication etc, its still very much a new medium. And we are discovering the rules by which it should operate as we go along.

People often say that it can divorce people from reality, that it makes people distance from one another and certainly it cant replace close family and friends, but when you think about it, at what other point in history could you share pictures, videos, text with people on the other side of the planet, instantly pretty much and in many cases get highly personal feedback, good and bad, seconds later. That's never been the case.

So its also a very personal medium and that causes its own problem because we take the good and bad comments/judgements personally sometimes.

Its pretty fascinating in all and just hope that we can, by in large, get the balances right as time goes on.

The biggest balance to get right, clearly right now, is what it is allowed and what is censored. If that becomes politicized, then the internet will have failed to have achieved the vision of early pioneers.

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It is not what they think, for they do not, it is what they believe.

They are not all boneheads. I’ve come across quite eloquent racists, devout and seemingly erudite religious hatemongers and well-read bigots of all stripes on the net.

I think the net can sometimes be useful to find out what these people really think underneath the sanitized version these people put forward on media which doesn’t have the time or inclination to drill down further.

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I voted yes, but of course there's no compulsion to read/watch/listen to what the morons out on the fringe put out. And who gets to define what is hate, anyway? Just because person A calls what person B broadcasts hate may not necessarily be so - its far too subjective a measure to legislate against.

Let's just love.

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Labelling broad groups of people who differ from us as 'hate groups' can make us guilty of hate ourselves and perpetuates the cycle of hate.

Loving others, even if they differ from us, is the way to overcome hate. Tough to do, but we can try our best.

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If there is one good thing about having hate groups online its the ease in which security officials can then find them. They have openly stated that Facebook is the best invention for the intelligence community in the last 20 years.

If you were a member of a hate group intent on doing something particularly nasty, why you would be anywhere on the internet is beyond me. Its just an open invite to be busted.

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The internet has made it easy for people to voice parts of themselves they haven't wanted others to see in the past. In some cases it's been great for people with perhaps gender or sexual identity issues or whatever.

However the flipside is the people sharing the lowest darkest secrets such a child pornography, terrorism , racism or some other type of intention of violence or illwill towards others. This has led to a lot of like minded people being able to find each other in a anonymous space. This has resulted in them becoming empowered and encouraged to go public which has led to the far right movement.

It is difficult because they have diversified on not only race and religion (picking up on military support because of middle east unrest) but women's fertility rights and LGBTIQ (picking up support of Catholic and evalgalist church movements) therefore have a massive powerful allies. I'm

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It sure has. Sometimes, it's overwhelming & I do feel for moderators trying to keep a lid on the trash.

That said, the internet is not just a godsend for cranks and fascists, it's also very useful as an information tool, a way to access many different media outputs and platforms and to (gasp) learn from each other.

I'd like to think the positives outweigh the negatives, without being complacent about the latter.

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To be clear, I was saying the internet has brought together all the racist, homophobic , climate change denying, sexist, right to lifers, gun crazed loons all together so they can organise mass rallies and get a scum bag like Trump elected.

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Not to mention all the rabid far-left socialist crazies who shut down free with their violent protests, yell abuse at anyone who disagrees with their distorted vision of utopia, dox people whose comments they take out of context, curiously defend the worst of Islamic fundamentalism just because it’s anti-Western civilization - yet happily and hypocritically buy the products of those evil corporations they claim to despise.

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Not saying this as a Trump supporter - I don’t love him or hate him - I wasn’t defending them, just pointing out the equivalence. Don’t recall that Berkeley professor who was wielding a bike lock and whacked someone over the head.? Could very well have killed her. The violent protests by leftie extremists trying to shut down campus appearances by Milo, Ben Shapiro and others simply because they didn’t respect their right to speak?

I'm not saying all lefties are violent - most are pretty reasonable people - but you guys need to distance yourselves from the nutters and stop apologizing for their idiotic and dangerous behavior. Just as most people on the right and libertarians can’t stand the crazies on the far right.

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