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Online hatred fuels offline violence, time for action

By Shimon Koffler Fogel       

Technology continues to evolve rapidly, and with it the tactics of terrorists and hate groups. Public policy must adapt accordingly, especially given the clear link between online hate and offline violence.

On March 14, the world was—once again—confronted by an atrocity inspired by hate, in which the use of online platforms played a heinous role, writes Shimon Koffler Fogel. Screen capture photograph courtesy CBS News

On March 14, the world was—once again—confronted by an atrocity inspired by hate, in which the use of online platforms played a heinous role. Like people of goodwill worldwide, the Canadian Jewish community was heartbroken and horrified by the murder of 50 worshippers in two Christchurch mosques, and we condemned it for what it was: terrorism fueled by hatred of Muslims.

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