Internet Hate
Holocaust Denial
Neo-Nazi Skinheads
Ku Klux Klan
Identify Church Movement
Nation of Islam

Printable VersionPrintable Version

Help ADL Fight Prejudice!

Contribute to ADL
 Internet Hate

Internet Hate describes the rapidly expanding practice utilized by racists and extremists to place anti-Semitic, racist, and other hateful material on the World Wide Web. The growth of the Internet has enabled bigoted and sometimes violent messages to reach a much wider and broader audience than ever before. Consequently, these messages of hate have become widely accessible online - in homes, offices, schools, and libraries.

Click here to for the Online Version of the Report
ADL Publication
Poisoning the Web:

Hatred Online

For years extremists have used printing of every kind -- books, pamphlets, posters, newspapers, magazines -- to get their message out. They have also tried to use modern inventions such as movies. radio, television, recorded audio and video tape and even telephone messages to spread their beliefs. So it is not surprising that they have decided to take their hate to the Internet. The Internet lets them reach millions with a click of a mouse.

Haters use the World Wide Web with its colorful web pages, sounds, and images to push propaganda attacking their enemies. Some of these pages suggest that violent action is needed. Old lies are reprinted and new ones are created. Neo-Nazi Skinheads try to sell the latest CDs filled with calls for "racial holy war."

In newsgroups and chat rooms on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) they can talk to one another. They also can try to peddle their racist and anti-Semitic messages to anyone who surfs in. In addition, they can write private e-mail to the people they meet on line.

People who had only heard about such ideas can now read them up-close and personal. Pictures of burning crosses, claims that groups with a particular skin color or religion are inferior, the assertion that others are out to control the world - this is the stuff of hate group propaganda. Haters used to reach relatively few people. Today, on the Internet, they can reach a very large audience with little effort and money.

It is fairly easy to create a simple Web page. Many bigots have. They often try to create the false impression that many people are involved in their activities. This frightens their targets and encourages supporters.

The number of racists and anti-Semites is small compared to the rest of the population; in addition, they are fairly spread out. Yet, on the Internet, they can find people who think like them, which strengthens their beliefs and makes them feel less isolate.

Because extremists on the Internet can hide their real identity behind screen names and addresses (like anyone else), they feel free to attack those they hate. They realize there is no way for anyone to know who they are.

ADL Home Page | HateFilter Front Page

Search | About ADL | Contact ADL | Privacy Policy

2001 Anti-Defamation League