UN chief says hate speech on internet “spreads like wildfire”
NDTV: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that hatred speech has been spreading like wildfire through the Internet, saying attention should be given to “physical aggression’s” as the recent attacks against the Jewish, Christian or Muslim centres.
“This situation requires a huge investment, an investment in social cohesion and investment in diversity to make people feel that even if they are different from others … the societies should accept them, integrate them and respect them,” Xinhua quoted Guterres as saying to the inaugural United Nations Model UN Summit on Friday.
Citing the recent attacks against several religious sites in New Zealand and Pittsburgh of the US, the UN chief called on the international community to guard against both “extreme thinking and extreme political action.”
Noting that diversity “makes our society more vibrant and more interesting,” the UN chief urged the international community to address the root causes behind the rise of both hatred speeches and actions. “We need to really go deep, look into the root causes of why things are wrong,” he noted.