March 22, 2018
The far-left activist group HOPE not Hate (HnH) received a widespread backlash on social media, including from prominent anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz, after they released a list of books they campaigned to get banned from UK retailers.
The group unveiled a new campaign earlier this week to pressure book retailers, including Amazon and WH Smith, to remove a list of books deemed “Nazi” and “far-right” by the organisation. HnH tweeted out a link to the campaign and within 24 hours saw an overwhelmingly negative response from users equating the group to promoting book burnings.
Join our campaign against @Waterstones @WHSmith @AmazonUK @Foyles @hivestores listing racist and Nazi books on their websites. RT this and add your name against: https://t.co/2qoLf0CNRM pic.twitter.com/igTMpW2tfW
— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) March 19, 2018
The tweet garnered a mere 87 likes but more than a thousand comments, the vast majority of which were highly critical of the far-left organisation.
One reply, which has over 1,000 likes on the platform, saw user Bil Irving write: “Cannot support this. There is nothing good to be had from banning books, no matter how much you disagree with them. Quite frankly, it’s a Nazi tactic, and I’m genuinely surprised at HNH for even suggesting this.”
This article was posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:48 am