Bob Casey says he wants to address hate-based violence in the United States and around the world

Bob Casey says he wants to address hate-based violence in the United States and around the world

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Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) says he wants to curb hate on the internet.  While citing the massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh five months ago, Casey did not explain how the Tree of Life attack is related to the legislation he, and others, have introduced to study and understand online platforms.  

“The rapid development of media platforms and technology has outpaced our understanding of how they can be used to disseminate hate,” said Senator Casey.  “We need to examine how these platforms and technologies have been used to facilitate the commission of hate crimes, so we can take appropriate steps to prevent another tragedy. I hope my colleagues in Congress will join in this effort to help address hate-based violence in the United States and around the world.”

In a statement, Casey also said, “Following the shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and the violent gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, it has become clear that online platforms are being used to spread hateful rhetoric and incite real-life violence. The Stop HATE Act would require the Departments of Commerce and Justice to study how current forms of telecommunication are being used to fuel violence and hate crimes against individuals or groups, and recommend ways—consistent with the First Amendment—that the government or private citizens can combat these growing threats.

A previous version of this report (found here) was released in 1993 but has not been updated in over 25 years.”

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