Online harassment occurs most often on social media, but strikes in other places, too
Three-quarters of U.S. adults who have recently faced some kind of online harassment say it happened on social media.
About one-in-five Americans who have been harassed online say it was because of their religion
About one-fifth of those Americans who have experienced online harassment say they believe they were targeted because of their religion.
Some Americans who have been targeted by troubling behaviors online wouldn’t call it ‘harassment’
43% of those who report experiencing harassing behavior online say that they consider their most recent experience to be “online harassment.”
The State of Online Harassment
Roughly four-in-ten Americans have experienced online harassment, with half of this group citing politics as the reason they think they were targeted. Growing shares face more severe online abuse such as sexual harassment or stalking
Q&A: What we’ve learned about online harassment
79% of Americans think social media companies are doing an only fair to poor job when it comes to addressing online harassment or bullying.
What we’ve learned about Americans’ views of technology during the time of COVID-19
Some of Americans’ pandemic adaptations have relied on technology, including adults working from home and students learning online.
Key findings about Americans’ views on COVID-19 contact tracing
As the U.S. battles COVID-19, effective contact tracing has proven to be a major challenge for those trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The Challenges of Contact Tracing as U.S. Battles COVID-19
Majorities of adults say they would be open to participating in some parts of the process of identifying and isolating coronavirus victims, but others are reluctant to engage fully with public health authorities.
Partisans in the U.S. increasingly divided on whether offensive content online is taken seriously enough
Americans have grown more divided on whether offensive content online is taken seriously enough and on which is more important online, free speech or feeling safe.
54% of Americans say social media companies shouldn’t allow any political ads
77% of adults think it's not acceptable for social media sites to use data about users’ online activities to show them political campaign ads.
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