Rockland officials call for federal laws to limit hate speech on social media

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In the wake of a growing number of hate crimes in Rockland County, human rights leaders are now calling for federal laws that would limit hate speech on social media.

The push comes after the Hanukkah stabbing in Monsey last month. Police say Grafton Thomas injured six people with a machete during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's house.

Constance Frazier, the head of the Rockland County's Human Rights Commission and County Executive Ed Day say vitriolic posts on social media is rampant in Rockland, but neither would give specific examples when asked.

Frazier says that some messages her office has seen are “totally horrifying.”

Ed Day told News 12 that hate on social media is not exclusive to Rockland, but an issue people face “across the state and entire country.”

The county will hold a human rights symposium in March to discuss the problems with social media and other tensions throughout Rockland.

 

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