Viral Hate by Abraham H. Foxman
Containing Its Spread on the Internet

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A straightforward, relevant discourse on the pernicious nature of online intimidation.
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Emboldened by anonymity, individuals and organizations from both left and right are freely spewing hateful vitriol on the Internet without worrying about repercussions.Lies, bullying, conspiracy theories, bigoted and racist rants, and calls for violence targeting the most vulnerable circulate openly on the web.And thanks to the guarantees of the First Amendment and the borderless nature of the Internet,governing bodies are largely helpless to control this massive assault on human dignity and safety. Abe Foxman and Christopher Wolf expose the threat that this unregulated flow of bigotry poses to the world.They explore how social media companies like Facebook and YouTube, as well as search engine giant Google, are struggling to reconcile the demands of business with freedom of speech and the disturbing threat posed by today's purveyors of hate. And they explain the best tools available to citizens, parents, educators, law enforcement officers, and policy makers toprotect thetwin values of transparency and responsibility. As Foxman and Wolf show, only an aroused and engaged citizenry can stop the hate contagion before it spirals out of control - with potentially disastrous results.
 

About Abraham H. Foxman

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Abraham H. Foxman is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and one of today’s preeminent voices against hatred, discrimination, and violence in the United States and worldwide. He is the author of Jews and Money, The Deadliest Lies, and Never Again?. He lives in New York City.  Christopher Wolf is widely recognized as one of the leading American practitioners in the field of privacy and data security law and serves as the director of Hogan Lovell LLP’s Privacy and Information Management practice group. He lives in Washington, DC.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 22 2013

A straightforward, relevant discourse on the pernicious nature of online intimidation.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by April Dembosky on Aug 25 2013

It often reads like an impassioned appeal letter to potential ADL donors. Nonetheless, Foxman and Wolf have written a thorough, accessible work on how societal ills – and those fighting them – are adapting to the internet age.

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Reviewed by Eric Thurm on Jun 17 2013

The best part of Viral Hate is the discussion of counterspeech—a much more reasonable alternative to regulations on speech.

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