Hacking Hate Speech on Social Media in Chile

by Fundacion Interpretalab
Hacking Hate Speech on Social Media in Chile


Our project seeks to limit expressions of hatred on social media (xenophobia, racism, antisemitism, homophobia and others). We will do so by developing a social intelligence methodology to detect and denounce xenophobic discourse, hate speech and fake news on social networks, and empowering key actors such as students, social activists and journalists to recognize and denounce these pages, creating a community of influencers to combat hatred and promote inclusion on these powerful platforms

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In recent years, we have witnessed how discourses of hatred, discrimination and violence have invaded the public sphere. Social media and digital platforms often generate and exacerbate these sentiments, acting as a sounding board for xenophobia, prejudice, fake news and hate speech. While the ideas of the intolerant become viral, citizens lack the tools to curb the increasing number of xenophobic individual and organizational accounts, as well as bots and trolls.


We will produce a methodology based on social intelligence to detect social network accounts that promote xenophobia, racism and hate speech, and empower students, journalists and other actors to register, denounce and block such accounts. The resulting community of influencers will be able to reduce the presence of xenophobic discourse and limit the expansion of anti-immigrant sentiment online.

Long-Term Impact

The project will produce a methodology for detecting xenophobic discourse on social networks, and train 200 volunteers from different walks of life to detect, register, denounce and block accounts that incite hatred. Their work will eliminate accounts that generate hatred and promote xenophobia, and as a result will reduce the volume of dangerous discourse that fosters discrimination and even violence in social media in Chile and beyond.


Organization Information

Fundacion Interpretalab

Location: Santiago - Chile
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @InterpretaLab
Project Leader:
Tomás lawrence
Santiago, Chile
$6,093 raised of $10,000 goal
119 donations
$3,907 to go
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