Artist combats online hate with messages of tolerance

Artist combats online hate with messages of tolerance



the anonymous face of hate often looked like this but now people are becoming more bold and coming out of the shadows a one toronto-based artist who has already been targeted for her work and her religion is trying to battle that online hate with heart using positive messages to make less room for the negative ones so I have to kind of reclaim that space and push a message of of kindness and of like radical empathy and of power and resistance for marginalized communities Hana shafy started creating these illustrations three years ago in response to misogynistic messages being posted during the Jian Ghomeshi case it morphed into a weekly series of affirmations meant to combat the dark side of the net the artwork features diverse images of men and women one reading trolls that tear you down are afraid of your strength and are searching for their own pushing your message out there automatically becomes a response or like a clap back even when you don't necessarily intend it to me the posts have since traveled the world via Instagram like by tens of thousands but as a Muslim woman Hana says that she has been a target as well having swastikas sent to her inbox her name listed on a white supremacy website if you are creating work as especially as a person from a marginalized background you automatically become a target entire communities have become targets on the web according to STATS Canada more than 360 online hate incidents were reported to police between 2010 and 2017 they most commonly targeted the Muslim population and sexual orientation the same social media platforms that distribute shoppies work are some of the ones being accused of turning a blind eye to threats and misinformation Twitter Instagram snapchat and Facebook say that they have zero tolerance for hate Facebook telling City news in a statement we are continually investing in safety and security teams and the technical tools we use to proactively improve online say d critics say statements like that aren't nearly enough certain extent social media organizations basic business case is predicated on fomenting polarization the more people yell at one another on social media the more they become angry at one another more clicks and likes and money those organizations make do you think your work will ever be done I hope it will be done at some point but at the same time there's a lot that needs to be rallied around and so until I see people rallying over these issues with the same force that they rally over like a Raptors game for example then I'll all know that the work is not as dire the federal government has recently launched a new digital charter in order to make the internet a safer place to search one of the key components in that charter is this to make the internet free from hate and violent extremism hearings are being held on Parliament Hill to figure out exactly how to do just that tammy sutherland city news

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