With maths against online hatred

August 21, 2019

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This article was translated from German

It is almost like amen in prayer. Before a right-wing radical (or other) terrorist acts and kills innocent people, he writes about his hateful motives in a social network. When the dead are counted, there is great outrage in public. Cries are heard to block people who make similar comments about foreigners, women or sexual minorities.

Facebook and Co. try to do this with the help of user information and anti-hate search programs, but with modest success. Neil Johnson is not surprised. "Instead of starting with individuals, one should fight the clusters of hatred," the physicist from George Washington University told science.ORF.at.

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