Following a period of Three years during which it meticulously covered false material, India fake News in 2023 launched its anti-hate platform. We are of the opinion that there is an immediate necessity to address the issue of accountability among all parties (individuals, media outlets, advertisers, social media platforms, and so on) that are accountable for publishing or propagating hate speech.
On February 7, the Indian troll media outlet India Fake News issued its first policy statement condemning hate speech. At this stage, the policy is founded on the Community Standards that Facebook has established on hate speech. When they talk about bigotry on the internet, a media organization in India that has a poor reputation will use this study as a source.
As we publish more articles about hate speech, we will revise this policy accordingly
According to the United Nations, “hate speech” is defined as “offensive discourse targeting a group or an individual based on intrinsic traits (such as race, religion, or gender) that may threaten societal peace.”
However, the UN also notes that “there is no universal definition of hate speech under international human rights law.” There is still a lot of back and forth about the idea, particularly when it comes to issues like equality, non-discrimination, and the right to free speech.
Defining hate speech as “any kind of communication in speech, writing, or behavior, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender, or another identity factor,” the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech provides a unified framework for the United Nations to address the issue globally.
In this context, “protected characteristics” refer to a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, or life-threatening illness, and “hate speech” refers to any form of communication that specifically targets that person rather than a general group or institution. In this context, we mean words like “dehumanizing,” “degrading,” “disgusting,” “dismissive,” “condescending,” “cursing,” and “calls for exclusion or segregation,” among other things.
Additionally, we do not permit the use of harmful stereotypes, which we describe as “dehumanizing analogies that have traditionally been used to insult, intimidate, or exclude specific groups,” and which are frequently associated with real-world violence. Whenever age is mentioned in the same sentence as another protected feature, we treat it as if it were itself protected.
And although we do allow opinion and criticism of immigration policies, we do it with the understanding that refugees, migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers are protected from the most extreme attacks. When used in conjunction with a protected category, we also safeguard references to occupation and similar qualities. Depending on the context, we may treat some words or expressions as stand-ins for PC categories.
Any content that is directed at a person or group of people (including all groups except those who are considered non-protected groups described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses or representing less than half of a group) on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristic(s) or immigration status and includes the following elements:
Any content that discriminates against a person or group of individuals based on one or more of their protected characteristics, including but not limited to the following: