Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI)

Berlin Counterspeech Lab, Berlin, Germany
The OCCI has given over 1MM euros in financial and marketing aid to NGOs working to counter online extremism across Europe and has engaged more than 3.5 million people and 100 anti-hate and anti-extremism organizations.

OCCI was set up to provide support to those already countering hateful and extremist language and to help amplify their work and increase its impact. The initiative also seeks to combine experiences across NGOs, civil society, the creative sector and academia, to promote new partnerships and positive campaigns. In particular, it:


  • Provides support to European NGOs and activists working to counter online extremism and hate speech
  • Develops the best methods for NGOs and civil society to respond to online extremism and hate speech
  • Assists research into the relationship between online hate speech and offline violence

In 2016, OCCI engaged with civil society practitioners from Germany and France to provide more support in counterspeech campaigning and in responding to hate speech online. Due to the high demand for this work, the OCCI Support Service was rolled out in Germany, France, and the UK. It is comprised of a help desk, monthly insight reports, and regional closed Facebook Groups.


The OCCI Help Desk is available to NGOs conducting counterspeech campaigns and connects practitioners with experts who can provide guidance on how to develop, manage, and measure effective counterspeech.


The OCCI Insight Reports are the first of their kind to be delivered on scale to civil society challenging hate speech and extremism online. The reports are delivered on a monthly basis to the growing OCCI Community of NGOs, academia, and counterspeech campaigners. They contain analysis and information on how extremist ideologies are supported and spread online, including specific insights for NGOs and activists to consider when creating counterspeech campaigns.


The OCCI Community will initially consist of regionally tailored closed Facebook Groups. The goal is to provide a secure and collaborative online space for organizations and activists to share their campaigns, experiences, advice, and challenges with like-minded and inspirational people. Closed Facebook Groups are the perfect introduction to the OCCI Community and the important work being carried out by the initiative and its partners.


To date, it’s engaged with over 100 anti-hate and anti-extremism organizations and reached 3.5 million people through its Facebook page.

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Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

Fighting racism through memes

This campaign used memes to show why blaming your problems on others is ineffective and unwarranted, and ultimately, why you shouldn’t be racist. It was created as part of OCCI's Counterspeech Lab, which pulled together likeminded NGOs to collaborate on new counterspeech campaigns.

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United Kingdom Launch of OCCI

London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom

Working with NGOs to deliver counterspeech campaigns

Facebook launched the UK arm of the Online Civil Courage Initiative in June 2017. By working with UK based NGOs, OCCI hopes to turn extremists' use of the internet against them and help to remedy bad speech with good speech. At the launch event, attendees heard from Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox was murdered by an extremist fanatic last year, about how he's using Facebook to bring people together around what we have in common -- rather than what divides us.

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Paris Counterspeech Lab

Paris, France
Paris, France

Challenging the narrative against helping refugees

A Counterspeech Lab held in Paris in November 2016 resulted in three video campaigns, including one that uses people’s public tweets to challenge the narrative that French society must help homeless people before refugees.

The campaign argues that as neither refugees nor homeless people chose to be in the situation they are in, French citizens should not choose between who should get support.

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Partners collaborating on counterspeech initiatives

  • Institute for Strategic Dialogue

    The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is a London-based “Think-and-Do” Tank that develops policy and operational responses to violent extremism and inter-communal conflict. By combining research and analysis with government advisory work and delivery programs, ISD is pioneering real-world, evidence-based responses to the challenges of integration, extremism, and terrorism.

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