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.
Rising tension between India and Pakistan, triggered by a terrorist attack in Kashmir, have inspired an alarming flood of Dangerous Speech and misinformation to spread online in both countries - some urging mass violence or even full-scale war.
Along with CITAD, the DSP recommends six strategies for resisting the spread of Dangerous Speech and its potential to inspire violence as Nigeria enters its 2019 election season.