How hate spreads online


On Monday, Joakim Jansson, Linnaeus University and affiliated with IFN, presented research on hatred online, at a brown bag seminar at IFN. Jansson, together with Emma von Essen, is researching the connection between anonymity and hate towards feminists and foreigners spread online. They find that when anonymity is weakened, the hate generally subsides, including hatred towards foreigners.

However, hatred against women seems to increase. One possible explanation, said Joakim Jansson, may be that those who are responsible for the hateful comments online limit their offensive contributions to a single group. And they do so, to a group that is usually not attacked as hard as foreigners.

Read more about Joakim Jansson's research


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