“Allowing and tolerating the incitement to hatred and expression or advocacy of hatred against people of African descent and other marginalized groups, as well as individual members of such groups through online platforms, not only encourages the perpetrators, but also constitutes a continuous source of chronic race-based traumatic stress and trauma. These can be cumulative effects of racism on an individual’s mental and physical health. The presence of racial hatred further undermines the confidence of the affected communities in utilising social media and seeking justice. It is especially alarming if we take into account the fact that young people live a significant part of their lives in cyber space. Experiences gained from cyber platforms frequently shape their values, attitudes, and actions.”

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