HONR Advises and Advocates
social media and Organizations on policy and legislative advancement
For most of the first five years after the Sandy Hook massacre, Lenny Pozner, like other victims of online hate and harassment, found himself at odds with social media providers and internet platforms. With a primary focus on expansion and revenue, social media and internet firms did little to protect users or even adhere to their own terms of service regarding cyber hate, harassment, revenge porn, bullying, and violence. Law enforcement and politicians expressed concern and sympathy, but were largely ineffective due to a lack of education or motivation. However, over the past year or so, there has been a distinct shift in the relationships. Social media and internet providers have become more focused on protecting users, and whether as a result of sweeping legislation globally or due to the bad press and related stock value dip when the magnitude of cyber hate and harassment spread on their platforms becomes public, organizations are starting to work with the HONR Network to craft more effective policy, educate users, and to make the online experience more pleasurable and safer for all.
Similarly, as legislation has started to address cyber crimes, hate, and harassment, more politicians are interested in taking a stand and offering their own positions and legislation regarding cyber protection for their constituents.
HONR partners with social media providers to improve services.
Social media platforms have struggled to find the balance between allowing users free expression and protecting the rights of those who have been victimized by cyber hate and harassment. Over the years, HONR has developed relationships with some of the largest social media providers and internet providers. We are currently providing cyber hate and harassment notification and removal assistance as well as creating educational content and advising on practical policy and reporting changes that can better protect users.
Our white paper on the spread of cyber hate and proposed changes for internet service platforms and social media providers to better protect users will be available in January 2019.
HONR helps politicians and political groups craft positions and broadcast advocacy.
Politicians widely agree that something must be done to stem the tide of cyber aggression, online bullying, revenge porn, and the spread of cyber hate. Yet few feel technologically savvy enough to address the matter publicly or to craft legislation that could provide increased protection and establish clear boundaries.
HONR is a non-partisan organization working with politicians and political groups to create succinct positions and workable solutions to eliminate cyber hate and harassment, while embracing and protecting Constitutionally protected speech and free expression. We advise on cyber hate issues and report on the effects that cyber hate has on victims, families, business, and communities.