reply to post by Partygirl
Welcome to ATS.
might not believe in hate speech ; many others do, myself included.
Here, in the United Kingdom where I live, there exist many laws to protect diverse groups of people from the hateful words & active campaigns of those
who, with little regard to the sensitivities of others, seek to exploit unrestrained freedom of speech for their own wicked purposes.
So too many European nations, no doubt because of the turbulent recent history of their continent, have rightly legislated to ensure that people are
protected under the law from hateful communications on the grounds of skin colour, sexual orientation, religion, nationality & ethnic origins. That
protection extends to members of online communities too, certainly those hosted within their own jurisdictions. And for those who ignore the law,
there exist financial penalties & imprisonment.
Those are facts. They're not open to whether you
think hate speech exists or does not.
But ... and this is where ATS comes in ... websites outside European jurisdictions are beyond those laws. But there's nothing to prevent such sites
acquiring a poor reputation because of their online content. That's no problem for simple race hate or anti-gay forums, which thrive on such
notoriety. Most of them don't rely on online advertising as their primary source of income.
But ATS does
rely on online advertising. That's what has helped nurture & further develop the website you joined only today. And I'm certain
many advertisers would take fright if presented with some of the unpalatable threads & comments allowed here on ATS. Not only would they take fright,
they'd jettison ATS without a moment's notice. That's where the danger lies for ATS, as visitor numbers increase and as this site advances up the
Others, perhaps like you, consider it's that very freedom of speech which draws visitors here in the first place.
It's a difficult one, you'd need the judgment of Solomon to get the balance right. Either way, online hatred needs challenged, from wherever the
source might happen to be.