Backspace Hate

Backspace Hate

Backspace Hate is ADL's campaign supporting victims and targets of online hate and harassment by raising awareness and passing legislation to better hold perpetrators accountable for their actions online. When harassment pushes targets offline, perpetrators spew hateful messages and silence valuable voices. It’s time to backspace hate and make room for good.


Cyberhate Terminology

Cyber Harassment is when someone engages in electronic communication that harasses, torments, terrorizes, offends or threatens a target.
Cyber Stalking is the use of online expression to stalk a target. Most often cyber stalking refers to a pattern of online activity—amounting to a course of conduct—targeted at or concerning a particular person, which causes that person to fear for their safety (or the safety of their family).  

Doxing or doxxing (from "documents") is the internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting private or identifying information (especially personally identifying information) about an individual, group or organization.

Swatting is the act of falsely reporting an emergency to someone’s home with the goal of having a police unit (usually a SWAT team) deployed to investigate. This often results in unanticipated injury to the target, or other witnesses, and has even caused fatalities.

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