@MosaicInstitute: Through Our Eyes: Understanding the Impact of Online Hate on Ontario Communities

While not representative as organizations and individuals were invited, nevertheless the highlights from the interim report are interesting:

  • 92% of respondents felt uncomfortable because of negative on social media about their race and/or ethnic origin.
  • 42% of people felt unsafe because of negative on social media about their race and/or ethnic origin.
  • 76% of respondents had witnessed online hate speech towards Black, Indigenous, Jewish and/or Muslim communities.
    • Only 25% of people think that social media posts promoting physical violence against Black, Indigenous, Jewish, and Muslims communities are not increasing.
    • Most people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Jewish, or Muslim either feel unsafe or aren’t sure if they feel safe responding to offensive content online
    • Most people think that there is more harmful than helpful content about minorities on social media
  • 38% of Black, Indigenous, Jewish, and Muslim respondents felt unsafe due to somethingthe experienced online
  • 24% of respondents knew someone who had experienced online hate with respect to COVID-19
  • 1 in 5 respondents sought mental health support due to experiences with online hate
  • Respondents generally feel that social media is a public place, and therefore subject to Canadian law
  • Only 35% think that people should be allowed to send any kind of message that they want, regardless of whether it is discriminatory

Source: https://mosaicadmin.hypertextlabs.com/uploads/KEY_FINDINGS_Through_Our_Eyes_Research_The_Mosaic_Institute_59145c82f2.pdf

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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