Counterspeech efforts in the United Kingdom

Our counterspeech efforts in the United Kingdom have reached over 1.1MM+ people to date. Explore this page to learn about local initiatives, campaigns, resources, and partners in your community.

P2P: Facebook Global Digital Challenge

P2P has reached more than 200 million people through campaigns run by 6,500 students from 375 universities in 75 countries.


The following universities and organizations in the United Kingdom have participated in the program: University of Stirling, Scotland and University College London, Birmingham City University, Buckinghamshire New University, Coventry University, Swansea University, University of Huddersfield, and Bournemouth University.

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REACT (Reporting Extremism & Countering Terrorism), University College London

London, England, United Kingdom
London, England, United Kingdom

Improving awareness about the indicators of violent extremism

The goal of this campaign was to encourage and improve community awareness of how to counter violent extremism - by providing information on the indicators of extremism, and resources for accessing advice and reporting. The campaign was centered around a website that provided resources on violent extremism and how to take action against it. Through social media and events on their campus, the team behind this campaign engaged in discussion with students, faculty members and experts in the field of counter terrorism to bolster their efforts.

Want to learn more? Check out the REACT Facebook page.

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127K+

people reached

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Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI)

The OCCI has engaged more than 3.5 million people and 100 anti-hate and anti-extremism organizations across Europe.


In the United Kingdom, the OCCI has engaged more than 449,000 people through initiatives like the OCCI Counterspeech Lab.

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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.

Want to learn more? Check out the OCCI Facebook page.

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Resources and Research

  • OCCI Information Pack on Counterspeech Engagement

    This information pack aims to give beginning steps and practical advice for NGOs and civil society activists who are looking to challenge and counter hate speech and extremism online.

  • OCCI Information Pack on Counterspeech Labs

    The Information Guide on Counterspeech Labs aims to explain the methodology and structure of the OCCI Counterspeech Labs. The guide contains condensed information and content from the YouthCAN Innovation Lab Report (2016), a document produced and published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

  • 2015 Demos Counter Speech Report (Part I)

    Because of our strong belief in the power of counterspeech and the growing interest in a more rigorous and evidence led approach to understand it better, Facebook commissioned Demos, a UK based think-tank, to undertake a series of research reports, examining the extent to which different types of counter-speech are produced and shared on Facebook. This short interim report sets out the summary findings of Phase I, which looked at how speech which challenges right-wing populist pages across Europe, is produced and shared. Further reports in this series examine speech and content that challenges extreme Islamist ideology, in the UK and beyond.

  • 2016 Demos Counter Speech Report (Part II)

    In October 2015, Demos published a report, supported by Facebook, which examined the activity of counter-speech and populist right-wing groups on Facebook and made recommendations for how counter-speech groups could more effectively diffuse their messages. This report sets out the summary findings of phase II of this project, examining how speech which challenges extreme Islamist narratives is produced and shared in different parts of the world. This comparative study looks includes data from France, the UK, Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia and India.

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