Online hate speech: contents, networks and effects on hate crime

Project Synopsis

Title: Online hate speech: contents, networks and effects on hate crime

Throughout history, hate speech has affected societies leading up to genocides all over the world. However, an impelling question today is: has the diffusion of social media determined a shift, as “hate” can now also be quickly posted, stated in videos and memes, and shared within a few seconds in chats, groups, and channels? Does online hate speech on social media differ from hate speech in the offline spheres? Are the same social groups more likely to be targeted by hate speech online and offline? Are the same social groups more likely to use hate speech online and offline? Most importantly, does hate speech on social media lead to an increase in offline violence, such as hate crime? 

The project aims to bring insights into those issues by investigating the relations between hate speech and hate crime within interdisciplinary literature and analyzing quantitative survey data. Furthermore, through this project data will be collected to specifically examine racist hate speech online and offline, and hate crime in the German context. The data will allow to compare racist hate victimization online and offline and to explore racist hate speech and hate crimes’ primary and secondary impact (Perry, 2001; Perry & Alvin, 2012) on psychosocial health at individual and social levels. 

HOST INSTITUTION
partner organization(s)
early stage researcher

ESR10 Laura Dellagiacoma, PhD Candidate at Institute for Democracy and Civil Society

supervisor(s)

Prof. Tobias Rothmund, University of Jena, political psychology, disinformation interventions and social justice concerns

Outputs

Dellagiacoma, L., Fielitz, M., Jaspert, M., Klinker, F., Haldrich, S. (Eds). 2024. Wissen schafft Demokratie 14/2023: Netzkulturen und Plattformpolitiken. Amadeu Antonio Stiftung. ISSN (Online): 2512-9716 https://www.idz-jena.de/fileadmin/user_upload/PDFs_WsD14/WEB-WsD-14-Netzkulturen-und-Plattformpolitiken.pdf

Dellagiacoma, L. (2023). Hass im Netz aus intersektionaler Perspektive. In: Institut für Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft (Hg.). Wissen schafft Demokratie. Schwerpunkt Antifeminismus & Hasskriminalität, Band 13, Online-Ausgabe. Jena, 306–319. DOI: 10.19222/202313/25. 

Dellagiacoma, L. (2023). Hate Speech on Social Media Platforms: Evidence From the Victims’ and the Perpetrators’ Perspectives. In: Bergsmo, M. & Manocha K. (Eds.), Religion, Hateful Expression and Violence (pp.703 – 732). TOAP Publication Series No. 41 (2023). https://www.toaep.org/ps-pdf/41-bergsmo-manocha/ 

Dellagiacoma, L. (2023, July 10th). “The Empirical Links between Hate Speech Online & Hate Crime: a Systematic Review” [Conference Presentation]. International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP) Annual Meeting, Montreal (Canada) – Session 45: Hate Crime, Human Rights and Victimization – Link: https://ispp.eventsair.com/ispp-2023-annual-meeting/schedule

Dellagiacoma, L. (2022, November, 10 – 12). The empirical links between online hate speech and hate crime: a systematic literature review [Conference Presentation]. Workshop on Aggression, Workshop on Aggression (uni-jena.de) 

Dellagiacoma, L. (2022, October 18 – 19 ). Intersectional Analyses on the Exposure and Impact of Online Hate Speech [Conference Presentation]. International Workshop on Hate Speech – an Interdisciplinary Approach, Berlin, Germany, Hate Speech – International Workshops: Haifa and Berlin – Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions 

Dellagiacoma, L., Geschke, D., Rothmund, T. (2022, June 09 – 10). Ideological attitudes as predictors of online hate speech [Conference Presentation]. Conference on Online Hostility and Bystanders, Aarhus, Denmark, Conference on Online Hostility and Bystanders.

Dellagiacoma, L., Geschke, D., Rothmund, T. (2022, June 09 – 10). Ideological attitudes as predictors of online hate speech [Conference Presentation]. Congress of the German Society for Psychology, Hildesheim Germany, Program – DGPs Congress 2022 (uni-hildesheim.de) 

Dellagiacoma, L. (2022, January 17 – 19). Online platforms users and the perpetration of online hate speech: the opposite effects of right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation [Conference Presentation]. International Workshop on Hate Speech – an Interdisciplinary Approach, Haifa, Israel/online, https://youtu.be/pxyRit4SgFU 

Hate Online through an Intersectional Perspective. An online presentation by Laura Dellagiacoma, L. (2022, February, 24) for the Women Council of Thuringia. Weblink: Hass im Netz – Ausmaß erkennen, Taten verfolgen, Prävention stärken | Landesfrauenrat Thüringen (landesfrauenrat-thueringen.de) 

Online Hate Speech: from the effects on victims to the ideological motivations of perpetrators. Presentation by Laura Dellagiacoma (2022, June 21) within the Summer School of the Global-MINDS – European Master in the Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion, and Diversity in Society, University of Limerick.