When Jay turns on his cell phone in the morning, he reads messages like "you're disgusting," "You should be raped" or "you would have been a guest ". He doesn't know most people who insult, threaten and humiliate him. They do it because he is different. Jay is now a transgender who was a young woman until a few years ago. Now the 21-year-old has taken a bold step. As the protagonist of the new Telekom-Campaign #Gegen-Hass-im-Netz (Against Hatred on the Internet), Jay gives strength to people in similar situations as he says,

"Don't let yourself be lost, be who you want to be."

Jay is one of thousands who have been vulnerable to public rage and anger on the Internet. Hidden behind pseudonyms and fake names, many people target their victims, find allies in their hatred and spend a lot of time making the lives of the victims difficult. Hass speech (Hate speech) does not affect only marginal groups. who are practicing the "wrong" religion, or the ones who do not have white skin or women with strong opinions. Haters have many enemies. They attack people who are in public, such as women politicians  or journalists. The main objective behind this is to foster hatred strategically, so that it results in exclusion and removes different perspectives that help in formation of opinions among public.

"As a society, we have to ask ourselves the question: Why are we allowing others to be attacked and humiliated?" said Barbara Costanzo, Vice President Group Social Engagement Deutsche Telekom AG Internet.

Spewing hatred online is gradually becoming a social problem. It is all the more important now that we take strong positions and stand up for what is right.

‘We must all be concerned about hate speech, because the consequences are not just for those who are attacked, but rather the general atmosphere worsens as the society becomes more hostile and intolerant."

Deutsche Telekom is actively committed to foster a democratic and respectful interaction on the web and for more digital civil courage. To this end, the company cooperates with numerous Partners to identify concrete ways to work with hate and hate on the web. For example Club #ichbinhere. The group of more than 45,000 members responds to hate speech with positive and constructive comments, make the discussions more objective and offer alternative perspectives. realized also the mass of silent readers: "Hate is loud, but we are many" - an important sign, and Everyone can contribute.

Join in against Hate Speech:

  • Post  constructive/positive comments on the internet
  • Address hatred with arguments and valid data
  • Report hate posts to the platform provider or entity identify
  • Join initiatives which teach how to learn more and coexist  better- even when we may not always agree!



Header image: Jay is the face of # GegenHassimNetz and as an FTM (Female to Male) transgender he is a target for hate. "It is always a short shock for me when my mobile phone displays a new message," he confesses.  © German Telekom AG

An advertorial from Deutsche Telekom, translated by Sayanti Sengupta