Pew Research on Online Harassment Shows Concerned Public

The Pew Research Center surveyed 4,248 American adults on the question of online harassment, a subject they last tackled in 2014.  Some of the key findings of the Pew report are below:

41 Percent of Adults Have Experienced Online Harassment


While 18% have been the target of more severe forms of online harassment, including physical threats, sustained harassment, stalking and sexual harassment.

For adults under 30, 67% have experienced online harassment and 41% have been targetted for more severe harassment.

62 Percent of Adults Believe Online Harassment is a Major Problem

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While this number high, certain segments view it as a more serious problem.

Women:  Seventy percent (70%) view online harassment as a serious problem and 83 percent (83%) of women 18-29.

People of color:  African-Americans (74%) and Latinos (72%) are more likely to say that online harassment is a major problem than whites (57%).

79 Percent of Adults Believe Online Platforms Have a Responsibility to Intervene to Stop Harassment

social-media-1233873_1920While sixty-four percent (64%) of adults believe internet platforms have a major role to play in addressing online harassment, nearly 80 percent of them believe they have a responsibility to intervene to stop harassment on their platforms.


Public Favors Better Online Policies and Stronger Laws to Combat Online Harassment

capital-273344_1920In terms of remedies for online harassment, the leading recommendations were for online companies to adopt better policies to address online abuse (35%) and for stronger laws



Public Believes Law Enforcement Does Not Take Online Harassment Seriously Enough


Almost half (43%) of American adults believe that law enforcement does not take online harassment seriously enough.

That number gets even higher among women and for those experiencing more severe harassment (55%),