New App to Combat Extremists' Cyber Attacks

Called Combat Hate, it was launched by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Facebook screenshot of the Combat Hate app launched by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Facebook screenshot of the Combat Hate app launched by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

An app recently launched by the Simon Wiesenthal Center aims to empower those targeted by extremists to deal with the challenges of online hate and bullying.

The app, called Combat Hate, seeks to teach young adults to use their cell phones to recognize and report hate incidents they come across online and
in the real world, allowing the Wiesenthal Center to share the information with relevant agencies and online companies, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the center's associate dean.

“We need you now on the front lines,” Cooper said. “You're the main target. You're the main marketing target of the bigots. You're the main target of the hate and the bullying and we hope this app in some small way is going to be of help to you.”

Cooper was joined by Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing and David J. Wesley, presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, to release the app last week.

Downing said he hopes the app create an environment where hate incidents don't take root, adding he encourages students to tell bullies: “No. Stop. That will not take place here because I am not going to let it.”

Last year, the center introduced a password-sensitive app for law enforcement that enables instant access to the center's expert researchers.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is among the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with more than 400,000 member families in the United States.

--City News Service

San Fernando Curt February 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM
We have a paradigm kicking around the last few years holding that hate speech bans are necessary in environments where the level of hate - however that may be defined - is high enough to oppress and spiritually/mentally discombobulate its victims. This is one of those real thinky, academic brainstorms that pop up from time to time from our campuses of "higher learning", which more and more are becoming re-education camps fronting high-intensity indoctrination. Problem with this proposal is obvious to even the most sanctimony-dimmed: If I want to install hate speech bans - censorship - on a society, all I have to do is start blast-texting "hate" everywhere. And this must be the classic, n-word, redneck, horrid, racist, anti-Semitic, whatever "hate" so fashionably abhorrent these days. Then I start a campaign noting this hate, demanding Internet servers block this jabber, that celebrities and their hangers-on condemn it in that high-horse fashion beginning to REALLY irk the rest of us, and, of course, that Congress end our little 225-year experiment in unfettered communication. Let's not. I can't recall the last time Nazi skinheads burned out minority neighborhoods, or when Cossacks charged up and down Ventura Boulevard. The 'hate crisis' is a largely imaginary vehicle to "oppress by rescue", a means of installing more and more tyrannical laws to assure public safety. Reject it.
Saltwater February 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Here come the thought police...
Dylan Campbell February 21, 2014 at 02:28 PM
"Combat Extremists' Cyber Attacks"? This article wasn't at all what I was expecting. Though I guess "New App to Shave 15 Seconds Off How Kids Normally Report Bullying" doesn't have the same ring to it.
martin marteen February 23, 2014 at 02:11 AM
When we stop hating others and causing "collateral damage" all over the world , with the requisite follow up up aid packages, they will stop hating us.


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