Hate speech protocols, what effect ist social media having on society?
The current project deals with the increasing spread of hate speech on social media platforms and thereby aims to address broader social challenges in the postdigital age.
Hate speech is an umbrella term for the phenomenon of group-related misanthropy or incitement to hatred that manifests online, mostly on social media platforms and public comment sections .
Through hate speech, individuals and groups experience, amongst other things: racism and xenophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.
Trolls, individuals that revel in vile and abusive online behaviour, are even hired to specifically disrupt communication or to
spread certain contents and ideologies.
Their actions promote and solidify anti-democratic attitudes and need to be confronted, as they threaten to jeopardize the internet and social media as a public forum that creates egalitarian access to information and enables fundamental democratic opinion formation.
In Hate Speech Protocol, AI Collective’s immersive video installation explores the development and spread of this growing phenomenon and makes it (physically) tangible for viewers.
In the expansive installation, the A.I. Collective uses, among other things, filtered data sets of toxic comments from various social media platforms and questions the possible influence of memes, hashtags, online trolls, and social bots.
With this project, the A.I. Collective wants to transfer this virulent topic from digital anonymity to the analog public sphere and make causes, effects and dynamics visible for those affected and society.