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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Around 40 percent of Americans were harassed online

Roughly four-in-ten Americans have personally experienced online harassment, most commonly on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Tuesday.
The survey shows 41 percent of 4,248 respondents have been subjected to online harassing behavior such as offensive name-calling and embarrassment, up from 35 percent in 2014 when the think tank last conducted a similar survey.
Nearly one-in-five said they experienced more severe forms of harassment such as physical threats, stalking and sexual harassment.
While men are more likely than women to experience online harassment overall – 44 percent versus 37 percent – women, particularly young women, are more likely to be the targets of sexualized forms of online abuse. Two-in-ten women ages 18 to 29 said they have been sexually harassed online, and just over half said they have been sent explicit images they did not ask for, according to the survey.

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