Ofcom Widens Definition Of Hate Speech To Include Transphobia

UK comms regulator Ofcom has widened its definition of hate speech to include intolerance of gender reassignment.

The regulator updated its code, which previously required broadcasters to ensure programmes contained no incitement to hatred based on race, sex, religion, or nationality.

Ofcom now defines hate speech as: ‘All forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred based on intolerance on the grounds of disability, ethnicity, social origin, sex, gender, gender reassignment, nationality, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, colour, genetic features, language, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth or age.’

The changes came into effect on New Year’s Eve.

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