DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines commission dedicated to protecting human rights is among the latest to endure racist and sexist messages from cyber attackers.

The Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission was forced to cancel a video-conference meeting Thursday night with the Des Moines City Council when the meeting was disrupted by racist, sexist and pornographic messages, officials said.

Commission Chairman Kameron Middlebrooks said the messages were directed at members of the commission.

“What occurred proves hate and ignorance is alive and well," Middlebooks said in a written statement. “But I stand steadfast in my resolve to continue to be an agent of change.”

Officials say the meeting will be rescheduled.

Since the coronavirus pandemic this year forced many groups to meet via teleconferencing, there have been reports around the globe of teleconferences and online classrooms being disrupted by hackers displaying hate messages or shouting profanities.

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