The Internet has not only changed the world, it has provided a means of instant communication, and information sharing. But like most tools, it can be used for good or evil.
A new book by ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman and attorney and ADL National Civil Rights Committee Chair Christopher Wolf examines the scope and dangers of hate on the Internet, and suggests ways to combat it.
Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet, is now available in bookstores and it focuses in the epidemic of Internet hate and how hateful words online can turn into hateful acts on the streets. It examines how the anonymity provided by the Internet often fuels hatred and bigotry, and looks at how social media companies are trying to respond to it.
Viral Hate calls for social media and Internet companies to actively monitor online means of communication, and speak out against Internet hate. It also provides guidance for parents, teachers and ordinary citizens who want to respond to online hate.