Anonymous Hate

No Hate Speech


To promote the analysis and verification of the network contents, favoring the no offensive debate

Expected Outcomes

When session is finished, the participants will be able to:

- be more reflexive on the social network news

- not use the anonymity to destroy reviews

- analyze and to identify fake new

- give answers to comments based in arguments and from the constructive critique.


Target group

Youth (over 13 years old)

Number of participants: 8 - 24 people

People that use the social networks as an information and communication way. An important thing is to get the participants being the regular users of the social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)



(1 - very easy, 5 - very difficult)

The degree of expertise needed - 2

The amount of work to prepare and implement the scenario - 3

The relative overall cost predicted - 3



1 h 45 min (10 min. break after the  group work is allowed, but not essential)



Room for 24 people with the possibility to modify the spaces. Three work spaces are required.



Pens, clean folios, three work tables, chairs for the participants, participants' mobile phones or device with an able network (with wi-fi if possible)



Before the workshop the facilitator should create a closed Facebook group (with an easy name to find and search ), where participants will be added (to include everyone is not required).

The links to news should be found in several recent news (fake news if possible), about the pointed content.  Twelve news approx. should be identified (4 per round).

The facilitator should make 3 copies of Annex 1, which will be provided to participants during the workshop.




Explanation of the activity and distribution in groups (15 min)

The session starts communicating to the group that they are going to work on the prejudices, discrimination, initiation to hate and intolerance on social networks.

The facilitator should explain that they are going to work with the Facebook trough a closed group that it has been opened only for this activity. After the session this Facebook group will be removed.

The name of the group will be provided to the participants so that they can enroll in it.

It’s need to get as more participants as possible, but it’s not necessary add them all because they will work in groups and if just one person is included, that’s enough.



The activity divides itself in three rounds of 15 min. each, and the same structure in each of them will be follow. The difference between rounds is that each one will give different instructions to each group.

The structure of each round is the following:

1 The facilitator divides participants in three groups with, if possible, the same numbers of people in each. He/she explains, that they cannot communicate one another between the groups.

Participants are going to use the news posted in the Facebook group and they should interactuate and make comments following the provided instructions (Annex 1) (15 min)


2. The facilitator shares in the Facebook group the news that she/he prepared in advance. It's important to leave a couple of minutes in between each news for participants to posted comments.


3. Each group (from their carry-on devices) is asking to challenge with commentaries in the coming news, following the instructions that they previously received. Every time they should agree in the group what they want to publish. (15 min)


4. When the time is over the facilitator stops the activity and it’s not allowed to make more commentaries on Facebook.


5. Participants stay in their groups and the facilitator gives each group the evaluation questions (Annex 2). Each group should collect a series of “write down” answers. (15 min)

When this round is over, another one starts exactly the same, in which the roles are changed and new news is published.


Break (10min)


Joint discussion (20min)

The facilitator asks the participants to present the result of their group evaluation.

Each group is asked to report on:

-How did they feel in the different roles they had to play?

-What did motivate them in their comments?

-What was the easiest role or the most difficult to interpret?

In the end of the activity the facilitator asks participants to leave their role. It can be done by saying aloud own name (everyone in the same moment).



All participants are asked to gather in one circle for the final conclusion (15 min)

To finish a debate will be open about:

- the veracity of the news, the source of information and the medium through which it spreads;

- intentionality by distorting information and for what purposes;

- the tools we have at our disposal to try to defuse their falsehood.


The facilitator should inform participants about the proper use of participation in social networks, encourage the testing of news and respectful attitude.

Indicate to the participants that they can give their grain of sand in the face of diminishing hate, if they participate positively with positive comments and with verified information.


Support tools




Ideas for action

The workshop can be conducted with different themes (racism, xenophobia, disability, gender, bulling, homophobia, etc.)

If only 1 hour is available, you can do the same, but with no changing instructions, at this time each group perform only one role.

If the group of participants is larger, one more group can be created, and this one will be in charge to search for news on the Facebook at this time, and it will play the role of the facilitator at the time to publish news.



Annex 1: Instruction for group work

Annex 2: Groups' evaluation questions


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