Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Online Hate Is Rampant. Here’s How to Keep It From Spreading

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Online Hate Is Rampant. Here’s How to Keep It From Spreading

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Covering hateful memes plays into their makers’ hands. But not covering them seems neglectful. So what’s to be done?

Zohar Lazar

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

Covering hateful memes plays into their makers’ hands. But not covering them seems neglectful. So what’s to be done?

Zohar Lazar

Back in the last presidential campaign season, reporters on the tech and politics beats began noticing a rise in far-right memes that supported Trump. Memes being memes, these seemed initially like weird, off-color jokes. They wondered: What the hell is going on? Was this shitposting ironic or serious? Or both? Either way, it seemed newsworthy. The memes were climbing the trending lists on every social network and landing on the front page of Reddit. So journalists began filing what became a flood of stories about alt-right political memes and loopy conspiracy theories. Like Taylor Swift as a white nationalist icon and Pepe the Frog in a Nazi uniform.

“Surely if we expose this,” one tech journalist told herself, “it’ll put people off it.”

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