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We study dangerous speech and ways to counteract it.

People don’t commit violence against other groups - or even condone it - spontaneously. First they must be taught to see other people as pests, vermin, aliens, or threats. Malicious leaders often use the same types of rhetoric to do this, in myriad cultures, languages, countries, and historical periods. We call this Dangerous Speech. Violence might be prevented by making it less abundant or less convincing. We work to find the best ways to do this – while protecting freedom of expression.


What is Dangerous Speech? [Video]

This six-minute introductory video explains Dangerous Speech and its five elements, with historical and contemporary examples from around the world.

Counterspeech Tips graphic

A collaboration of #ICANHELP, iCanHelpline.org, the Dangerous Speech Project, HeartMob, and Project HEAR, this comic distills counterspeech tips into an accessible graphic that is great for students.

Blog + News

“Dear Mark…”: Global Civil Society Demands that Facebook Act Against Dangerous Speech

Even as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was being grilled by U.S. Senators this week, others sought his attention, from countries...

New collaborative study to diminish abuse on Twitter

DSP Executive Director Susan Benesch, J. Nathan Matias of Princeton University, and several other independent researchers launched a collaborative study with Twitter to test whether awareness of the rules affects user behavior.