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In the United States, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, and “hate speech” is not against the law. If a criminal offense is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin, it falls under hate crimes as defined by the FBI.
Hate speech laws in Canada include provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada, which prohibits “hate propaganda,” and the Human Rights Act as well as statutory provisions in each of Canada’s 10 provinces.
Hate speech laws also exist in several European countries (Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the UK). On May 31, 2016, the European Commission announced a code of conduct on illegal online hate speech, also supported by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, laying out guidelines for these IT companies to remove online illegal hate speech.