Hate and Propaganda

The spread of hate and harassment on social media has become a daily occurrence. Especially in times of crisis, however, conspiracy theories and antisemitic and racist content attract a particularly large audience online. Proponents of such theories and ideologies use crises to exacerbate societal division and polarisation as well as weaken democratic societies and their institutions. They have developed strategies to utilise social media functionalities and their potential for manipulation in order to further their goals.

How do democratically elected governments respond to these developments, what measures do they adopt in doing so? Do they offer appropriate responses to the strategic efforts of these extremist groups, or do they themselves undermine democratic and constitutional principles? Our team provides answers to these questions.

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