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Pew Research Center: Crossing the Line: What Counts as Online Harassment?

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As social media platforms continue to grow, so has the concern about online harassment. What specific behaviors constitute online harassment? This recent Pew Research Center study from January 2018 investigates public opinion about this question. To do so, the research center presented participants with a single vignette describing a situation that involved an escalating online dispute surrounding a controversial political issue. Participants were then asked to describe what parts of each vignette if any, they considered to be online harassment. The survey examines three different vignettes in total, including scenarios that involve sexism and racism. In addition, some survey participants were presented with variations of these three scenarios so that researchers could discern if certain factors (such as the hypothetical online user's gender) had any impact of whether or not respondents viewed certain behaviors as harassment. As this survey reveals, Americans are divided over what specific behaviors constitute harassment. To learn more, visitors may download the full survey through the link above.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-02-16
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0216

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