WE STUDY DANGEROUS SPEECH AND WAYS TO COUNTERACT IT.
People don’t commit mass violence out of the blue: their view of other people must be radically distorted by hatred or fear. Leaders often instill such feelings using a special kind of rhetoric, for example by referring to other people as insects, vermin, aliens, mortal threats, or pollution. This same kind of language has inspired violence in many languages, cultures, countries, and historical periods, so we call it Dangerous Speech.
To prevent violence, those messages must be made less acceptable or less compelling – without harming freedom of expression. Freedom of expression must be protected as a fundamental human right, and also because silencing people can itself increase the risk of violence. Therefore the Dangerous Speech Project works to find the best ways to prevent violence and protect speech.