According to an analysis commissioned by CBC’s Marketplace, Canadians are becoming increasingly intolerant online.  The study found that, compared to last year, Canadians are 600 percent more likely to use racist, Islamophobic, sexist, or “otherwise intolerant” language while communicating on the World Wide Web.  

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The analysis evaluated social media, blogs, and comment threads posted between November 2015 and November 2016 for slurs and intolerant phrases, such as “ban Muslims” and “white genocide”.  Terms related to white supremacy increased by 300 percent, while terms related to Islamophobia jumped 200 percent.

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John Rubec, a content strategist for Cision, explains: “It might not be that there are more racists in Canada than there used to be, but they feel more emboldened. And maybe that’s because of the larger racist sentiments that are coming out of the United States.”

If you see intolerance online, CBC suggests a few ways to fight it, including:

  • Reaching out via a private message
  • “Clapping back” without shaming
  • Ending the conversation
  • Asking questions
  • Educating

 

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