Definition: Hate speech is any communication which disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as nationality, race or sexual orientation.
The growing number of websites promoting hate speech on the Internet is an area of concern for many countries and thus Hotlines. The uncensored nature of the Internet provides the opportunity for those with racist and xenophobic views to promote these to a global audience.
Investigating hate speech related Internet content is extremely complex. However offensive some of the material might be, often it is not illegal under criminal law. Each report to a hotline will be investigated in depth and judged against the legislation of the country where the content is hosted.
Differences in national legislation exists, but typically the common ground across countries is where websites encourage individuals to act on the views presented. Incitement to action as a result of hate speech may then be classified as illegal.
To report suspected illegal online hate sites click here.