ITHACA, N.Y. — Racial slurs have increased on The Ithaca Voice Facebook page since Election Day (there has also been at least one threat of violence) and, yes, you can do something about it.

The Ithaca Voice’s policy is to delete online comments with racial slurs, profanity or that attack people based on their religion, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

The change on our social media aligns with reports from across the nation of minorities reporting being targeted in acts of violence or harassment. The Ithaca Voice has been unable to find a credible report of Trump supporters being assaulted, but understands that the election of Trump has been divisive for all people, regardless of political beliefs.

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Ithaca Police Officer Jamie Williamson said making physical threats against people online is illegal.

“We encourage people to express themselves,” Williamson said. “However, threatening violence or physical violence is not a protected right…You cross over into criminal activity when you start to threaten physical violence.”

People making threats can be charged with first-degree or second-degree harassment and first-degree or second-degree aggravated harassment. For more information about what constitutes these charges, click here. 

Williamson said anyone who receives a threat physical of violence on The Ithaca Voice social media or anywhere online should contact IPD at 607-272-3245.

Editor’s note: The Ithaca Voice is currently unable to keep up with the demand to edit comments on political stories, but you can help. Please tag The Ithaca Voice under comments that you feel violate our online policies and we will remove them as quickly as possible. If you do not want to openly address the issue, please send us a screenshot of the comment, along with screenshots of comments above and below it (It makes it easier for us to find.). 

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.