Sending Office: Honorable Jose E. Serrano
Christchurch, New Zealand. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Charlottesville, Virginia.
Charleston, South Carolina. Orlando, Florida. The list continues to grow.
How Does Social Media Feed into the Rise of Hate Crimes?
Cosponsor H.R. 1934 – the Stop HATE Act
House Cosponsors in 116th: *Reps. José E. Serrano, Ro Khanna, Gwen Moore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Steve Cohen, Val Demings, Nydia M. Velázquez, Alcee L. Hastings, Brenda L. Lawrence, Yvette D. Clarke, Mike Quigley, Dina Titus,
Grace Napolitano, Raul M. Grijalva, Madeleine Dean, Suzan Delbene, Janice D. Schakowsky, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donald M. Payne, Jr., André Carson, Sheila Jackson Lee
Senate Cosponsors in 116th: *Senators Bob Casey, Bernie Sanders, Chris Van Hollen, Bob Menendez, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Doug Jones, Richard Blumenthal
Supporting Organizations: Color of Change, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Free Press, Anti-Defamation League
As members of Congress, we have a Constitutional duty to support and defend the First Amendment. Yet, it is also our responsibility to prevent its use from inflicting physical or emotional harm on others.
Just this month, 49 worshippers were gunned down at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Last October, our nation witnessed the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Two years ago, white
supremacist groups rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia. What is the common thread connecting these horrific events? Radicalized groups and individuals are using online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit to spread their hateful messages and
In 1993, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the principal adviser on telecommunications policies and regulations for the federal government, released a report entitled
The Role of Telecommunications in Hate Crimes. It examined the role telecommunications played in the rise of hate crimes against certain groups, and ways the federal
government and private citizens could combat these growing threats.
The NTIA has not updated this report since its release more than 25 years ago. Since then, during the nascent rise of the Internet, we have seen the rapid spread of new and exciting forms of communication and social media. While these new platforms
connect friends and loved ones between long distances, they also have the unintended consequence of allowing groups with nefarious motives to spread their hateful ideology and organize members across the country.
That is why we recently reintroduced the Stop Harmful and Abusive Telecommunications Expression Act, or the Stop HATE Act. This legislation will direct the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Justice to study this issue and release an updated report to
Congress analyzing the role social media plays in fomenting violence and carrying out hate crimes. The report will also provide Congress and the Executive Branch a set of recommendations on how to combat the rise of online extremism, while protecting the integrity
of the First Amendment and the constitutional rights it provides every single American.
We must come to terms with the dark side of social media and its role in fueling the proliferation of hate crimes against certain groups. For more information, or to cosponsor the Stop HATE Act, contact Marcus Garza in my office at Marcus.Garza@mail.house.gov
or call 4-4361. We appreciate your support.
José E. Serrano Bob Casey
Member of Congress U.S. Senator
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