The winner of Brazil’s 2018 presidential election has a long history of Dangerous Speech, as well as calls to violence against black and indigenous people, LGBTQ people, and women.
In this essay, Susan Benesch points out that content ‘takedown’ by Internet companies is not the only solution to harmful speech online. She highlights projects organized by civil society – not governments or platforms – to diminish harmful speech and support its targets. It was published by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society in a collection of essays on harmful speech online.
Through interviews with leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs) and a review of existing literature, this study discusses efforts and…