Aaron Smith is a senior researcher for the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. His primary areas of research include the role of the internet in the political process, technology in civic life and online engagement with government.
A majority of Republicans say technology firms support the views of liberals over conservatives and that social media platforms censor political viewpoints. Still, Americans tend to feel that these firms benefit them and – to a lesser degree – society.
Americans agree that certain behaviors – like direct personal threats – constitute online harassment. But they are more divided on others, such as sending unkind messages or publicly sharing a private conversation.
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