Online harassment keeps getting worse, study shows

From Engadget - July 11, 2017

Women, meanwhile, were more likely to be stalked online, suffer sustained harassment and be sexually harassed -- for example, 53 percent of the women surveyed said they'd received explicit images they did not ask for.

Pew's last online harassment survey was completed in 2014, when 35 percent of those surveyed said they'd experienced it personally. This means there's been a six percent increase in online harassment over three years, despite the likes of Twitter and Instagram tightening protective controls. Yesterday Twitter added mute options to help filter out abuse, while last year Instagram (finally) allowed users to disable comments. But as the numbers in Pew's study show, such measures are far from fool-proof.


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