Take action against hate and harassment—both analogue and digital
Don’t be silent—don’t keep walking or scrolling by when you witness hostility toward others, when people use right-wing slogans, or when discussions are laced with false information. Take a clear stand in these situations, whether they occur in your daily social environment or on the internet—today this is more important than ever. “The more time people spend in digital environments, the more hate speech and harassment have flourished there,” says Hanna Gleiß of das NETTZ, the anti-hate networking platform that we support. She says that every voice that counteracts this behavior is needed in order to reverse the shift in discourse toward the right that has taken place in Germany. “And also, to demonstrate solidarity with the victims of hate speech.”
Looking for tips on how to respond to hate speech and right-wing propaganda? Have you been affected by hate speech yourself and need help? Or do you want to know what to do when you encounter illegal content? Then das NETTZ is a good point of contact, since it bundles the knowledge and experience of anti-hate speech initiatives throughout Germany. You can also find information and concrete tips at the Kompetenznetzwerk gegen Hass im Netz (Expertise Network against Online Hate), of which das NETTZ is also a member.