A study by the Open Estonia Foundation found that about half of the nation's online news media consumers read the comments sections, while only 0.3 percent post comments.
“Half a million people read internet comments regularly. They find that comments are an integral part of journalistic writing and important to the message media outlets are projecting to them,” Chair of the Board at the fund, Linnar Viik, told ETV today.
Viik said that only a very small section of society writes comments online, and that they should not be taken as an reflection of the nation's society.
The study also found that 10 percent of comments are of libelous nature, and only a third touched the actual subject at hand.
The study was published just prior to the Open Society Forum, an annual conference organized by the foundation, taking place in Tallinn today.
This year's forum focuses on online freedom of speech and hate speech.
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