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May 23 as day without verbal abuse in cyberspace

Photos show citizens and students joining the global Sunfull Internet Peace Movement. (Sunfull Foundation)
Photos show citizens and students joining the global Sunfull Internet Peace Movement. (Sunfull Foundation)

Around 40 organizations and schools joined a weeklong campaign to promote the eradication of verbal violence on the internet, as the campaign’s leader called for more continued efforts in making the cyberspace a safe place.

Sunfull Foundation, a nongovernmental organization aimed at countering cyberbullying, hate speech and human rights violations on the internet, designated May 23 as the day without verbal abuse in cyberspace.

A series of campaigns were launched from May 17-23 so more people could recognize the harmful consequences of malicious comments in online spaces and join efforts to prevent them.

The campaign had participants from across the globe, including Tilman Ruff, 1985 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for awareness against hateful words on social media.

Min Byoung-chul, an endowed chair professor at  Chung-Ang University and the founder of Sunfull Foundation, on Tuesday called for more people to join efforts in continuing the movement beyond May 23.

Such efforts would help our society solve a myriad of social issues, including those involving human rights, hate speech and discrimination, Min said.

The foundation, launched in 2007, embarked on the global Sunfull Internet Peace Movement and initiated a series of campaigns to reduce verbal abuse in cyberspace.

The Global Internet Peace movement of Sunfull Foundation is currently joined by around 820,000 members from 7,000-some schools and organizations across the country. The combined number of supportive and positive comments have reached about 9.6 million.

By Shim Woo-hyun (ws@heraldcorp.com)
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