BPC Bulletin: Canadians Worried About Online Hate Speech and Extremism, Survey Reports

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


January 31, 2021 - Canadians are concerned about the rise of online hate speech and extremism, concludes a new survey conducted by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Abacus Data.

The survey, published on January 25, polled 2,000 Canadian residents. Ninety-three per cent of respondents said that online hate speech and racism are problems; 49 per cent believe they are very serious problems.

“By a two to one margin, Canadians are far more troubled by the impact of online hate speech on fellow citizens than they are with curbing freedom of speech or restrictions to privacy,” the report says.


Vincenzo Morello of Radio Canada International reports:
Survey: Canadians concerned with online hate speech and extremism – RCI | English (rcinet.ca)

Adrian Humphreys of Postmedia News reports:


In the Toronto Star, Akrit Michael reports:
Canadians ‘far more troubled’ by rapid spread of online hate than freedom of speech restrictions, study finds | The Star

Stewart Bell of Global News reports:



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