"As senators plan for an impeachment trial in which former President
Donald Trump is accused of inciting his supporters to mount a deadly
insurrection at the Capitol, global concern is growing about threats of
violent unrest in multiple countries, including the U.S. The United
Nations reports the proliferation of dangerous speech online represents
a “new era” in conflict.
Dangerous speech is defined as communication encouraging an audience to
condone or inflict harm. Usually this harm is directed by an “ingroup”
(us) against an “outgroup” (them) – though it can also provoke self-harm
in suicide cults.
U.S. law reflects the assumption that dangerous speech must contain
explicit calls to criminal action. But scholars who study speeches and
propaganda that precede acts of violence find direct commands to
violence are rare.
Other elements are more common. Here are some of the red flags."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics