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Confronting Chaos Online: How Hate Speech Spreads and How to Stop It

During the 2016 election, many of us were dismayed to see a surge in hate speech around the country -- particularly online. We've come from a time when social media was, at its worst, a distraction, to today where social media is "weaponized." Even as the major social media companies have dedicated thousands of hours to ferreting out content that violates their policies, we learn more about hate groups' intentional work to subvert online tools to spread their terrifying ideologies online.

As people of faith we stand up together against hate in our communities, and we can do no less online. More than a billion people use social media every day. Learn how hate speech is earns advertising revenue and what communities of faith and individuals can do to stop it. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism” fifty years ago as he challenged us to choose community over chaos. This workshop will equip you to take up that challenge.

Join the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries and the UCC's Media Justice Ministry to explore these issues. The timing is well-suited to individuals in Washington to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days and is open to all members of the Washington interfaith community.

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