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Ahead of Ramadan, Muslim Advocates Calls for Mosques to Protect Themselves from Digital Hate

Group Offers Guidance and Training to Safeguard Video Conferences

WASHINGTON, DC — In advance of Ramadan and after an epidemic of digital attacks on Muslim gatherings, Muslim Advocates is calling on mosques and American Muslim organizations around the country to enact protocols to protect their constituents. The organization has released a fact sheet on best practices for protecting digital events and is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT, entitled “Keeping Your Virtual Events Free from Hate in Ramadan.” 

Our mosques have been vandalized and firebombed. Now that our religious gatherings have moved online, that hate is unfortunately following,” said Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates’ special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry. “Online mobs are organizing online: they’re sharing meeting passwords and disrupting religious events, school classes and support groups with hate speech and obscene and violent images.”

In the past few weeks, online mobs interrupted a meeting of global Muslim leaders with a racial slur, hijacked a Muslim Student Association’s Zoom meeting and disrupted a Muslim health forum with hate speech. Muslim Advocates’ webinar will include speakers from leading video conference companies who will offer important tips and guidance on protecting and securing virtual events.

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Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.