Westboro Baptist Church

A hater is a person who expresses hatred in public forums, especially those found on the Internet such as YouTube. Haters are distinguished from trolls who seek to attract attention by making provocative comments.

Haters may become organized into groups and the seven stage model of hate crime developed by Schafer and Navarro for the FBI may explain their behavior: 1) the hater finds other with similar views to form a group; 2) the group develops symbols and rituals to identify itself; 3) the group shares its views to bond; 4) the target is taunted; 5) the target is attacked; 6) the target is attacked with weapons; and 7) the target is destroyed.

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