Policy and Advocacy


Online hate and extremism have increased dramatically in recent years, and the consequences have included violent attacks and serious harm, even death. Online platforms often lack adequate policies to mitigate these challenges or fail to enforce them equitably and at scale. Federal and state laws and policies require significant updating to hold online platforms and individual perpetrators accountable for enabling hate, racism and extremist violence across the internet.

ADL announced the REPAIR Plan  and offers a comprehensive framework for platforms and policymakers to take meaningful action to decrease online hate and extremism. REPAIR focuses on domestic extremism and terrorism, but goes beyond these issues to address other manifestations and harms of online hate, including online harassment, antisemitism, racism and extremist disinformation.

REPAIR offers a comprehensive framework to meaningfully decrease online hate. There is no single fix to the phenomenon, but REPAIR presents a clear path forward.

To push hate and extremism to the fringes of the digital world, we all must prioritize:

Regulation and reform
Enforcement at scale
People over profit
Access to justice
Interrupting disinformation
Research and innovation

Backspace Hate™

Access to Justice

Online hate stokes fear, silences voices and causes harm to people’s personal and professional lives.

Backspace Hate™ is ADL's initiative 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 the hate and make room for good.

Stop Hate for Profit

People over Profit

Stop Hate for Profit is a diverse and growing coalition that wants social media companies to take common-sense steps to address the rampant racism, disinformation and hate on its platform. It includes thousands of businesses, numerous prominent celebrities as well as some of the most prominent civil rights groups and nonprofit organizations in the country including ADL, Color of Change, Common Sense, Free Press, LULAC, Mozilla, NAACP, National Hispanic Media Center and Sleeping Giants.

Our initial focus in June 2020 was on Facebook. Facebook’s policies and enforcement on hate speech, incitement to violence, and misinformation need to be improved and better enforced, and disproportionately harm BIPOC and LGBTQ+ users. Large groups dedicated to hate and violent conspiracies grow unchecked, and Facebook often recommends users join these groups. Political ads contain bald-faced lies, and even outright voter suppression. Misinformation and conspiracies are considered matters of debate. Victims of online harassment are left with virtually no support. Businesses’ ads are run alongside hateful content. Facebook still has significant work to do in this regard and must do so as soon as possible.