Virtual Pleasure Island
Taking a step back, Chap. 4 explores some of the structural, legal, and social concerns central to online hate activity. Klein opens with a recent “Terms of Service” dispute arising from Facebook about whether the world’s most popular social network should ban Holocaust denial groups that now populate its community. The story brings together key factors of online hate, primarily the challenges of having an absolute free speech environment, as well as the critical youth factor where no required controls exist to shield younger audiences from dangerous spaces. Additionally, Klein explores those structural features unique to the Internet that have benefited hate communities, such as the anonymity factor of the web, its decentralized structure, the Internet Service Provider system, and border-free global standards.