Who experiences online hate speech the most?

An interesting report from Netsafe based on a survey of 1,000 New Zealanders about if they have experienced hate speech online.

The definition of hate speech for the survey was:

any technology-mediated speech or digital communication that offends, discriminates, denigrates, abuses and/or disparages a person(s) on the basis of a group-defining characteristic such as race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and other

So it is not abuse generally, but abuse based on a group characteristic.

The prevalence of online hate speech was not huge. Only 11% said they had experienced hate speech online in the last year. The breakdown by demographic was:

  • Gender: 13% of men and 8% of women so men face more hate speech than women
  • Ethnicity: Pakeha/European 9%, Maori 13%, Pasifika 13%, Asian 16% so Asians face the most hate speech online


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