Social media has become an integral part of our society and it is the modern-day soapbox for ideas and opinions. While some use it to share their creativity and engage in interesting discussions, others use it to spread hate and terrorize people. There is a need for social media companies to do more against hate crimes on their sites. The time has come to recognize that this is not just a matter of bad behaviour; these are crimes that can have serious consequences for both offenders and victims.
What can social media companies do? They should increase monitoring on their sites, add more punishment features such as taking away “likes” or blocking certain users from contacting other users, hire more moderators to review harmful content, create channels where people can report hateful content, establish self-moderation communities where people can review harmful content together, give users the option to block specific words or phrases from showing up in their feed, etc. It’s not about
In the age of social media, people have a platform to share their opinions and ideas with others. Some use this as a chance to create art and engage in interesting discussions while others use it to spread hate and terrorize other users. It’s necessary for social media companies to take a stand against these crimes happening on their sites.
Hate crimes are on the rise, in part due to the expansion of social media. This is a serious issue that needs to be taken more seriously by social media companies and authorities alike.
Social media companies need to take responsibility for the content they host and how it can be used for harmful purposes. They can do this by increasing monitoring on their sites, adding more punishment features such as taking away “likes” or blocking certain users from contacting other users, hiring more moderators to review harmful content, creating channels where people can report hateful content, establishing self-moderation communities where people can review harmful content together, giving users the option to block specific words or phrases from showing up in their feed and more. It’s not about censorship; it’s about channelling hate on social media into productive avenues.
Social media companies have an obligation to pay attention to hate crimes on their platforms. It is important to take these threats seriously, and to work to reduce the amount of hate crimes that take place on social media. The more that is done, the more likely it is that these crimes will no longer be tolerated.
Words by | Hassan Qadeer | Subbed by | Raheela Ali