Hate speech involves spoken or written words that are either intended to, or recklessly, send a hate-based message. Hate speech is commonly spread via social media platforms.  
A recent study by the University of Sussex and DEMOS found that there are approximately 393 Islamophobic tweets sent each day from within the UK alone.   
Some examples include: 
  • Abusive and threatening words stated in a public space that are likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress 
  • Stirring up hatred (using spoken or written words) towards someone based on their race, religion or sexual orientation 
  • Sending electronic communications that are indecent, grossly offensive or menacing in character 
Note that hate speech may or may not amount to a hate crime depending on location and the context within which is it stated. 

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