Professors Steven Chermak and Thomas Holt co-authored an article for The Conversation

Dr. Steven Chermak and Dr. Thomas Holt co-authored an article entitled, “Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups?” for The Conversation.

” … recent efforts to deny these groups online platforms will not kick hate groups, nor hate speech, off the web. In fact, some scholars theorize that attempts to shut down hate speech online may cause a backlash, worsening the problem and making hate groups more attractive to marginalized and stigmatized people, groups and movements.”

Steven M. Chermak is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Chermak is also a lead investigator affiliated with The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terror (START). He also compiles and maintains the database of extremist violence cited by the GAO. Photo of Steve Chermak
Thomas J. Holt is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University whose research focuses on computer hacking, malware, and the role of the Internet in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. His work has been published in various journals including Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Youth and Society. Photo of Thomas Holt