Hate Speech over the Internet
Rights come with responsibility. While given the freedom of speech, people should still be responsible for what they have said. The internet has provided us a free-writing space to release our feelings and emotions conveniently. Most of the chatting and blogging sites (such as facebook and wordpress) nowadays require an account to create posts and start forming conversations. Nevertheless, these accounts can be easily faked and the language that the users have chosen are often found unpleasant and disrespectful. Not to mention other discussion-encouraging websites that does not require any login information. It is just horrible. Unlike physical attacks (which cannot be dodged easily if a person is not in shape), language abuse can be easily avoided by closing the browsers or the eyes for any offended subjects. Regardless, the impact of words might just be more powerful than any physical damage to a human body because words are inspiring and can manipulate the human’s mind directly. As a result, in order to avoid any unnecessary fights and chaos into our society, the government should enforce a law to prohibit internet use for any hatred communication towards a target groups or individuals.
Animals, including humans, are emotional sensitive. Since we are allow to express and share how much we love a certain event or group of people, there is no reason to limit the spread of hatred, which is just another form of our feelings. Just out of the interest and searched the question, “What to do if I hate someone?” on the internet. The answers displayed are mostly “avoid them” and “ignore them”. However, what if it is someone that is unavoidable? It is impossible to ignore and stay quite all the time as the human toleration has its limitation. We all need some form of release. By telling the hatred to the general public, we can determine whether or not this feeling towards the group or event is justified by finding people in agreement. The society needs the opposite force and negative speech to realize its imperfectness. Nonetheless, while I agree that the existence of hate speech in our society is significant, hatred talks should not appear anywhere over the internet.
Why not Internet?
The difference between making hated discussion on the internet and actually presented in front of the audience is its anonymity. Although anonymity is not really anonymous because it is still possible to track down the IP address and more to figure out who this user is, people has a tendency to feel that they are not exposed as long as their faces were not on display. This way of thinking makes highly educated people uneducated and feel free to do anything. They may not be the polite and respectful self as they appear when comprehending face-to-face to the others. Words can just come out like that without filtering by the brain first. It is by no means making negative comments for improvements, but a string of pointless characters.
Secondly, the anonymous article or comments might be written by somebody with no education background at all. This can be bring misleading hatred information to the general audience as they do not have the access or methods in finding out who wrote it. In this case, it might be fine to Canadians because the majority of the people have at least high school diploma. They have a good sense of what actions are socially acceptable “right” and “wrong”. However, countries such as China still have citizens that are too poor to afford education that misleading speech and uncredited documents can easily guide them to revolting against the government. If given the identity of the writer, the people can at least distinguish the justice based on the record of that writer.
Thirdly, feeling good after expressing the hatred towards a group over on a internet is most likely to be the only positive effect. No other benefits will be given both to the writer or the target. The targeted group of individual will certainly be hurt by the unwanted statements and despise the writer. The writer’s life will be in danger as well as he/she creates more enemy. In a sense, giving the restriction on posting hatred on a website or any discussion forum is protecting the attackers also.
For example, the Vanguard New Network is an online newspaper distributing issues periodically that holds grudges against Jews. According to Waltman and Haas , the readers can find the names of the editor and other 22 writers. They also notified the readers that they are “… a group of disgusted and disaffected writers driven out of academia and journalism by the Semitrical Correctness that has denatured our culture.”  This is a perfectly rigid website for expressing their hatred because they have defined who they are and gave the readers warning of the contents. It is easy to tell that these group of people are really expressing their view and will take responsibility of their words.
The Power of Speech
By now, we should realize how powerful the language is. An good old idiom  by an English novelist wrote, “The pens are mightier than the swords”. The more people one can convince, the greater strength they will receive in defending their position. For instance, during election period, we always find candidates giving speeches that list all the benefits that they may or may not accomplish within the given power. Religions also gain the fame and status by giving speeches to spread their ideas and beliefs throughout the world. Language is a powerful tool to control the human’s mind and to manipulate our way of thinking. Therefore, we should always ensure to use this powerful tools properly and not using it blindly like machine guns. Then again, it’s the government’s duty as a parent to protect its citizen.
One of the government’s job is to create a safe environment for the people to live peacefully together. In order to accomplish so, they want to decrease the amount of the causes of fighting as much as possible. The freedom of speech on the internet, which can be read and discussed all over the globe, is the hardest control flow that the government can intrude and take judgements. The government should enforce a law on preventing internet hatred.
Because Internet allow users to hide or fake their identity easily, people don’t take responsibility for what they have written down. Language has the greatest potential impact on the humans. As a result, the utilization of the language should be carefully watched over by the government for it to ensure that peace is maintained and do not result any civil wars.
 M. Waltman and J. Haas, the communication of hate. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2011, pp. 64-65.
 English language cyber center, English Idioms and Proverbs. 2005. [Online]. Available:
http://oels.byu.edu/student/idioms/idiomsmain.html. [Accessed Feb. 28, 2013]