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Book tip: "Laut" by Sawsan Chebli and Miriam Stein is a book against hate on the internet


Daily hostilities and death threats online. Hate speech has reached proportions that are difficult to contain. Sawsan Chebli and Miriam Stein have written a book on how it can work.

Daily hostilities and death threats online.

Hate speech has reached proportions that are difficult to contain.

Sawsan Chebli and Miriam Stein have written a book on how it can work.

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Death threats, hostilities, insults.

Sawsan Chebli experiences this every day on social networks.

In the book "Laut" she wrote a plea together with Miriam Stein why it makes no sense to turn your back on social networks.

As a refugee child and migrant, the daily hostilities for the politician Chebli are a daily gauntlet run.

With the book they want to set an example and show ways of defying haters on the Internet.

Sawsan Chebli and Miriam Stein "Loud": About the book


Daily hostilities online.

The politician Sawsan Chebli has published a book against hate speech with "Laut".

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The politician emphasizes that there is no reason for her to withdraw from social networks.

These platforms are too important because billions of people use them and discussions on Twitter even influence political decisions.

Emotions generate traffic and traffic generates profit.

Sawsan Chebli

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For this reason, it is wrong to leave this platform to haters, emphasizes Chebli on



Instead, she calls for stronger state regulation.

For her book, she also spoke to employees at Meta, Facebook's parent company, who assured her that they are trying to comply with legal requirements, such as removing hateful comments.

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However, Chebli doubts this statement and believes that Meta has a strong interest in such comments.

After all, platforms like Facebook earn their money with advertising and the more activity takes place in the networks, the more the group benefits.

Emotions generate this activity, as Chebli puts it: "Emotions generate traffic and traffic generates profit."

The author told

that around 87 percent of Germans use social networks.

It is unlikely that everyone cares about the spread of hate and misinformation.

In 2019, almost 29 million people in Germany were already doing voluntary work, according to the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs.

This means that every third person is committed to social cohesion.

And that could be built on.

Sawsan Chebli, Miriam Stein "Loud": Conclusion

Women are disproportionately affected by digital violence.

On the other hand, Sawsan Chebli and Miriam Stein want to set an example.

Since the phenomenon of hate speech spans society, "Laut" is an important book for anyone who wants to deal with the topic.

Sawsan Chebli, Miriam Stein "Loud"

Why hate speech is real violence and how we can stop it

2023 Goldman, ISBN-13 978-3-442-31706-6

Price: paperback €18, e-book €14.99

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Sawsan Chebli

Sawsan Chebli was born in Berlin in 1978.

She was the twelfth child of a Palestinian family living as refugees in Germany.

They were stateless for 15 years before being granted German citizenship.

Chebli studied political science and joined the SPD in 2001.

After various positions in the offices of members of the Bundestag, she worked from 2010 as a policy officer for intercultural affairs in the Berlin Senate Department for the Interior and Sport.

In January 2014, then-Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier brought her to the Federal Foreign Office, where she worked as Deputy Spokesperson.

From 2016 to 2021 she held the office of representative of the State of Berlin at the federal level and State Secretary for Civic Engagement and International Affairs.

She has more than 120,000 followers on Twitter and influences the political debate with her tweets.

Sawsan Chebli lives in Berlin, is married and has a son.

Miriam Yung Min Stone

Miriam Yung Min Stein was born in South Korea in 1977 but was adopted as a child in Osnabrück.

She worked in theaters with Christoph Schlingensief and Rimini Protokoll and has become a prominent German culture journalist.

She has published several books, including the Spiegel bestseller 'The Irritated Woman', which was published by Goldmann.

Though she struggles with social media, she believes she can learn.

Miriam Stein has a son and lives with her family in Berlin.

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Source: merkur

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