One of the main problems associated with the spread of hate speech on the web is the way in which other users ignore hateful content. This attitude only reinforces the feeling of impunity among those who spread hate speech online.
If a derogatory post appears as a comment on a forum, reactions can take the form of officially notifying the provider or website administrator (requesting it be removed from the site), according to Art. 14 of the Act on Providing Services by Electronic Means. In cases of violation of Art. 190 (threats) and Art. 256 or Art. 257 (hate speech) of the Criminal Code, another type of response can be to report an offence to the public prosecutor’s office.
Notification templates for addressing providers and public prosecutors have been drafted as part of the Tolerance Network project. These templates are available on the project’s website. In addition, two lawyers, Dr. Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias and Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, who cooperate with the Local Knowledge Foundation, will assist you in drafting appropriate notifications and offer consultations on the legal measures available to counter hate speech in a particular case. We are unable to monitor all proceedings at the prosecution and judicial stage, but our lawyers will be involved in selected strategic proceedings. Please send us a screenshot of any hateful content, with a brief description of the context in which the post appeared. We kindly request you to send all information to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org