Survey on dealing with hate speech in organizations in Finland 2017, by sector

This statistic shows the result of a survey on dealing with hate speech in organizations in Finland in 2017, by sector. Overall, the public sector had to deal with hate speech more regularly than other sectors. 18 percent of the respondents working in the public sector reported that their organization had to deal with hate speech weekly. The corresponding figure in other surveyed sectors was 4 to 5 percent. In all sectors overall, hate speech in organizations in Finland occurred mostly seldom or never.
Hate speech refers to speech that is used to insult or offend a person, focusing on a particular attribute of a person such as race, religion or sexual orientation. Hate speech is often encountered on the internet and social media platforms and applications, where users can, anonymously at times, offend people that they feel hostile about. In Finland, hate speech can be seen as a threat to the freedom of speech as authorities are forced to consider ways to tackle it.

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Release date

April 2017



Survey time period

March 2017

Number of respondents

306 Respondents*

Special properties

communications professionals; ProCom members; answer alternatives refer to approximates, e.g. approximately once a year

Supplementary notes

The statement used in the survey was phrased by the source as follows:"Organisaatiomme on joutunut tekemisiin vihapuheen kanssa".

* The number of respondents was distributed as follows:
Public sector n=49
Non-governmental organization n=45
Listed company n=77
Unlisted company n=93

Percentage points exceeding or falling below 100 percent are probably due to rounding.

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