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After Christchurch, we all need to address the normalisation of online hate speech

Niche violent and Islamophobic content is increasingly prominent even on mainstream platforms. To confront the legacy of the Christchurch attack will require deeper conversations about how the modern internet works

By Hussein Kesvani  

The killer's apparent "manifesto" isn't just filled with hate speech—it's shot through with online "humour". Photo: PA

Last week New Zealand became home to a new, and very 2019, form of terror attack. A man in his twenties, armed with weapons, drove to two Mosques and killed 49 people while they were praying. His victims included women and infants.

The shooter also had a camera strapped to his body, and apparently streamed the attack live on the internet. I will not post, nor will I describe, what happens in the…

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