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The Anonymity of Hate

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A man going under the alias Brian sits behind his computer as he anonymously posts “I’m going to kill every last … Muslim & Jew on the entire planet,” to his website bombislam.com. White supremacists and hate groups alike are now using the Internet as a forum to post their ideologies with like-minded people. And they do it all anonymously. Bombislam.com is an online community where people have the freedom to post their hate speech toward Muslims, Jews, and any other group they dislike. By doing so, it’s raising ethical questions on the Internet, especially when that speech is anonymous. The Arizona-based website is a forum for the alt-right that has gained over 200,000 hits and continues to grow. However, the creator of the website has remained anonymous since 2005. This has become a commonality for hate speech sites,...

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