The Internet is a “super highway” for bigots and racially-motivated bullying, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abe Foxman said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV.
The co-author of the new book “Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet,” said that part of why the Internet has become a vehicle racist attacks is due to its inherently anonymous nature.
“[The Internet is] a super highway for good things and bad things. A lot of good things coming out of the Internet – more education, more information, more exchange, people being able to talk to each other, share ideas. But at the same time it provides an underbelly, a dark underbelly of super highway for bigots,” he said.
“Bigots can now communicate their hatred, their prejudice, their racism, their anti-Semitism in nanoseconds globally. They can do it under a veil of anonymity and it never goes away. It’s almost like a tsunami of words and unfortunately many of them, hateful, hurtful words.”
Foxman said minorities of all kinds are victims of cyber bullying and abuse online which has become more widespread and continues to escalate. He said because of its viral nature it can reverberate globally with tragic results.
Foxman added that while there is no easy solution, one step would be to work with Internet providers to help stamp out the abuse, while families and communities also need to be more alert and proactive.
Read more at NEWSMAX.