Social Media Policy

From time-to-time, OHPI does reports and briefings discussing social media companies and their rights and responsibilities towards society, governments and the law.



OHPI produces detailed reports documenting and analysing online hate. The reports are produced over a number of months addressing a theme in a systematic and in-depth manner. These reports are published by OHPI and made freely available to the public.

Jan 27, 2016: Measuring the Hate: The State of Antisemitism on Social Media

July 13, 2015: After the Charlie Hebdo Attack: The line between Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech

March 15, 2013: Recognizing Hate Speech: Antisemitism On Facebook



OHPI briefings tackle specific instances of online hate and are produced rapidly to respond to emerging problems.

June 17, 2016: Online Hate and Violence

June 1, 2016: Responses to the EU agreement

May 31, 2016: European Union agreement with Social Media Platforms on tackling Hate Speech

May 26, 2016: Responding to Racism and Vigilante Justice

January 19, 2016: Facebook launches a campaign against hate speech in Europe

January 16, 2016: How our reporting tools makes a difference

January 11, 2016: Trusting social media companies on national security 

January 14, 2016: Confirmation bias on social media confirmed

December 31, 2015: OHPI in UNESCO Report on Freedom of Expression

December 27, 2015: Regulation of Online Hate Speech goes National

December 9, 2015: A response to Eric Schmidt’s memo to tech companies

November 27, 2015: Criminal investigations launched against Facebook in Germany for racist speech

November 25, 2015: When does disagreement become hate?

November 24, 2015: Crossing the line on political speech

October 10, 2015: No Platform – why we ban hate

September 16, 2015: Facebook to add a new “dislike” button

August 27, 2015: Virginia Shooting: Lessons for social media companies

August 21, 2015: Facebook’s Free Speech

August 21, 2015: Online Vigilantism and its Perils

August 14, 2015: “Virality on the Internet” and OHPI

August 5, 2015: How to respond to Online Racism

July 23, 2015: How to report a YouTube Comment

July 17, 2015: Reddit announces fresh code of conduct

July 10, 2015: Europe acknowledges online hate speech as a serious threat

June 22, 2015: How to report a Google + community

June 21, 2015: Why Facebook is Awesome

June 20, 2015: Facebook Fails to Protect Free Speech Against Hate

June 5, 2015: Online Rants and Free Speech

June 1, 2015: How to Report a Google+ Comment

May 22, 2015: How to Report a Google+ Post

May 8, 2015: Steps taken by Twitter to combat abuse

March 26, 2015: How to report a Twitter User

March 26, 2015: How to report a Twitter Status (Tweet)

March 26, 2015: How to report a YouTube User

March 23, 2015: How to report a YouTube video

February 24, 2015: Some Q&A with OHPI

Jan 20, 2015: Gaining traction on the social implications of social media

December 30, 2014: Rebutting The Conversation on online harm

December 20, 2014: Freedom With Responsibility

December 19, 2014: Facebook Experiments with Australia

December 14, 2014: The Indian response to @shamiwitness and the abuse of social media

November 5, 2014: Hate Among Friends

October 27, 2014: Facebook: Increased reporting is not the answer to cyberbullying

April 23, 2014: Wrongful unpublishing – The Alex Levin Art Page

November 13, 2013: Using Facebook to Fight Hate 

September 25, 2013: Facebook discourages reporting



August 8, 2014: Facebook Reporting Guide



December, 2015: OHPI praised in UNESCO’s Freedom of Express report

November 18, 2015: OHPI represented at a national conference on multiculturalism

June 22, 2015: OHPI quoted in a UNESCO report on online hate

July 10 2015: OHPI participates in ASLA panel discussion

April 15, 2015: Talk at La Trobe University



August 28, 2015: OHPI featured in a article

May 4, 2015: OHPI offers its assistance to the Victorian government to tackle threats and strengthen harmony

May 22, 2014: Leading the fight against Online Hate (The Australian Jewish News)

May 14, 2014: Google and Facebook need your help to police online hate (Times of Israel)

December 15, 2014: New tool in fighting online hate (Australian Jewish News)

December 11, 2014: OHPI: Tracking down the data to combat online hate (The Big Smoke)

December 10, 2014: Hitting Back Against Hate (MX)

December 9, 2014: Fight Against Hate Launched (OHPI Press Release)