Hate-Speech in the Romanian Online Media

Radu M. MEZA


This article investigates hate-speech in three of the most important online spaces for public expression: user comments on Facebook Pages, blogs and online news outlets. The co-occurrence of terms referencing frequent targets of hatespeech with elements of violent or offensive language was analyzed in order to detect instances of hate-speech in a sample of over 2.6 million comments published in Romanian in the first six months of 2015. Results indicate a relatively low occurrence of hate-speech - below 1% in the analyzed sample, but also several well-defined contexts and timeframes associated with high occurrence of hate-speech, suggesting possibilities for further in-depth work focusing especially on these particular contexts.

Keywords: ate-speech, comments, Facebook, blogs, online news