You may have read about Twitter’s decision to allow users to hide replies from their feeds. The idea is to empower people in the face of bullying and harassment. Unfortunately, the reply function was the main mechanism that #WeCounterHate used to combat hate speech.
Therefore, we’re announcing that we will be wrapping-up the campaign — which has in its two-year run kept millions of hateful tweets off of social media.
We are so proud of what we were able to achieve and we’re grateful to our friends at POSSIBLE who helped us put a dent in online hate speech, while getting our message of compassion out there to all the individuals questioning their belief in hateful ideology.
This award-winning campaign will continue to be a major beacon in our fight against hate. Next year, we plan on releasing all the public data so that future generations of peacemakers — as well as academic researchers and tech innovators — can learn from the great work we started.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without your support. Since January 2018 you have been the backbone of #WeCounterHate. You helped launch one of the most innovative anti-hate campaigns on social media and we will remain forever grateful to you.
Please consider continuing your support of Life After Hate, as we expand our intervention work and help more people leave the violent far-right to connect with humanity and lead compassionate lives.
Sammy Rangel, MSW, CSAC
Former Executive Director, Co-Founder
Life After Hate