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Hate Is Viral

April 11, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg
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Hate Is Viral

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Cost: The event is free to attend but registration is required.

Language and Accessibility: The event will be presented in English with ASL interpretation. Our building strives to be accessible to all.

Social media has put hate on steroids, accelerating the harm it does. But there are solutions—if we are willing to work for them.

Join us for an exploration of how antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and homophobia look online, how their prevalence harms individuals and society, and how we mitigate that harm. Dr. André Oboler, founder and CEO of Australia’s Online Hate Prevention Institute and an internationally recognized expert in monitoring and countering online hate, will share his expertise and discuss what action is possible to combat the proliferation of hate online.

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Dr. Oboler explains that what happens online doesn’’t stay there—it moves out into society, shifting attitudes and beliefs and setting a new normal for what’’s acceptable. The problem is exacerbated by echo chambers that take hate viral, and influencers that strip complex issues of context—simplifying discourse into easy‐to‐spew narratives.
He will examine real‐world examples, including how both antisemitism and Islamophobia have been fueled since last October 7.

According to Dr. Oboler, one major contributor to online hate is a broken business model. Social media platforms could proactively remove content, restrict users when necessary, and add context where it’s needed. However, platforms profit from hate, both directly and indirectly—and taking action to curb it reduces their income and increases their costs.

Dr. Oboler believes governments have a responsibility to protect consumers and the public interest, just as they do when managing risks related to any other industries. He will talk about this and share the ways that civil society, community organizations and individuals can play a role in preventing harm caused by online hate.

Following his talk, participants will be invited to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Presented by CMHR in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada (JHCWC), this event is free and open to the public. Please register to secure your spot for this important discussion.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way
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11 April 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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