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Because news websites’ comments have become an important space of spreading hate speech, this article tries to contribute to uncovering the characteristics of Internet hate speech by combining discourse analyses of comments on Slovenian news websites with online in-depth interviews with producers of hate speech comments, researching their values, beliefs, and motives for production. Producers of hate speech use different strategies, mostly rearticulating the meaning of news items. The producers either are organized or act on their own initiative. The main motive of soldiers and believers is the mission; they share characteristics of an authoritarian personality. The key motives of the players are thrill and fun. The watchdogs are motivated by drawing attention to social injustice. The last two groups share the characteristics of a libertarian personality.

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Because news websites’ comments have become an important space of spreading hate speech, this article tries to contribute to uncovering the characteristics of Internet hate speech by combining discourse analyses of comments on Slovenian news websites with online in-depth interviews with producers of hate speech comments, researching their values, beliefs, and motives for production. Producers of hate speech use different strategies, mostly rearticulating the meaning of news items. The producers either are organized or act on their own initiative. The main motive of soldiers and believers is the mission; they share characteristics of an authoritarian personality. The key motives of the players are thrill and fun. The watchdogs are motivated by drawing attention to social injustice. The last two groups share the characteristics of a libertarian personality.

The reach and anonymity of the web have made engaging in abusive, malicious, and criminal online behavior more common and less costly while greatly amplifying its effects. Online forums, news portals, and social media channels are flooded with sexually explicit language and hate speech, threats of violence and malicious links, and phony offers from fraudulent accounts that distract from and drown out intelligent conversation. Types of mal.content, like the people and behaviors that generate it, vary greatly in motivation and intent. One trait they all share, however, is the potential to inflict real damage to your users, your brand, and your bottom line.

What is Mal.content | Impermium As Evgeny asks in the article I just posted, who will police Impermium?

The reach and anonymity of the web have made engaging in abusive, malicious, and criminal online behavior more common and less costly while greatly amplifying its effects. Online forums, news portals, and social media channels are flooded with sexually explicit language and hate speech, threats of violence and malicious links, and phony offers from fraudulent accounts that distract from and drown out intelligent conversation. Types of mal.content, like the people and behaviors that generate it, vary greatly in motivation and intent. One trait they all share, however, is the potential to inflict real damage to your users, your brand, and your bottom line.

What is Mal.content | Impermium As Evgeny asks in the article I just posted, who will police Impermium?