Speech code - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

A speech code is a rule that is implemented to control speech and to stop such things as harassment, libel and slander. While things like word filters are used to prevent the use of specific explicit terms and phrases, Speech Codes are used to prevent general terms and tones of language from being used.

These codes are commonly implemented in universities and academic situations. Speech codes are generally used to protect the vulnerable from being intimidated and harassed by speech that could be defined as fighting words. Several important examples of real-life speech codes include the Holocaust Denial (The active denial that the Holocaust ever happened, and racist or sexist language.

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