Acts of Insulting Speech about Covid-19 on Social Media

  • Ahmad Khoironi Arianto Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
  • Djatmika Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
  • Riyadi Santosa Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
  • Dwi Purnanto Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
Keywords: insulting speech; social media; covid-19; sociopragmatics


As a nation with the largest number of Muslims in the world, Indonesia is a miniature of Muslim life in the eastern world. However, the emergence of social media makes the identity of the Islamic community in Indonesia begin to disappear. The use of language in social media often creates conflicts. Disputes in cyberspace can lead to legal action. However, social media users are not aware of this. This paper discusses the use of language on social media in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic that contains insults. The sociopragmatic framework is used as an analytical tool. The researcher applies a qualitative descriptive method to describe the findings and discussion. All data were analyzed according to the context of the incident using Spradley data analysis which included domain, taxonomy, componential, and cultural themes analysis. The results showed that the research data could be divided into four categories: blasphemy, insults, a combination of blasphemy and insults, and neutral data in the form of criticism