A report from NATO has revealed that Finland’s female-led government has received a torrent of sexist and misogynistic comments on social media, with a Finnish minister labelling the comments a “threat to democracy.
The NATO report reviewed hundreds of thousands of posts on the social media platform Twitter and claim to have found a record number of misogynistic remarks directed at the female ministers in the cabinet of Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Rolf Fredheim authored the report as part of NATO’s Special Centre for Communication Strategy (Stratcom) and told Swedish broadcaster SVT, “The misogynistic remarks are extensive.”
The four-month-long study examined around 350,000 tweets directed at the 19 ministers in the Finnish cabinet and found few threats of physical violence but many derogatory terms such as referring to the Finnish government as the “lipstick brigade” or the “Tampax team”.
Fredheim admitted to SVT that the algorithms used in the