Well we all know that the bigotry of the Daily ‘hate’ Mail is pretty repulsive, and most of us know that the Daily ‘hate’ Mail supported Hitler in the 1930’s. But what you probably didn’t realise is how they still share common sentiments with the dead fuhrer.
As an experiment a blogger changed comments of Hitler and Nazi propagandists changing ‘Jew’ to ‘migrant’. Sure enough a lot of them got through the ‘moderation’.
Suffice to say the said blogger has been banned for life for not adhering to ‘community guidelines’ (a phrase originating with the Guardian’s blogosphere). It beggars belief what the community standards of the Hate Mail are !!
|Daily Mail article 20th August 1938|
TL;DR: They get up-voted... a lot
The anti-migrant sentiment expressed in some papers became too much for the people behind the @bestofthemail and @dmreporter Twitter accounts, who prefer to remain anonymous.
In a post on Medium, they detailed an experiment conducted on the comments section of the Daily Mail website to show the dangers of this dehumanising language becoming normalised.
[We] wanted to see what level of support the comments would get if we took some famous pieces of Nazi propaganda and changed the word 'Jew' with 'migrant'.
Here's what happened:
Yes, that quote has received 193 up-votes.
They got more blatant, yet the up-votes kept on coming:
In an email to i100.co.uk, @BestoftheMail said:
"In recent weeks we were both fairly shocked by the tone of much of the migrant debate, especially the dehumanising and hateful nature of the language used to describe them. We wanted to illustrate how easy it is for hate speech to become normalised and show the importance of focusing on the people and the facts rather than resorting to prejudice."
@DMReporter told us:
"What really interested us was the amount of support these comments were getting. Every website gets comments like this submitted but what struck us most was the enthusiastic manner in which they were accepted. They were just knee-jerk approvals instead of any considered thought about what sort of comment they were actually agreeing with."
The Mail is hardly unique in this respect. One of worst examples in recent memory was from Sun columnist Katie Hopkins, whose description of migrants as "cockroaches" led to accusations she was adopting the tone and language of the Third Reich. On a liberal medium such as Twitter, the comments are enough to make you despair, and even on the Independent website.
Mail Online later stopped @DMReporter from making further comments on its site for "going against the community guidelines".