A new survey indicates that social media is an even stinkier cesspool than we previously thought. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released the results of a survey Wednesday that found that over half of all Americans had experienced harassment online, and one in three Americans had experienced "severe" online harassment. The ADL defines severe harassment as behavior that includes "physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking and sustained harassment." These results could indicate an increase in the amount of harassment occurring online over time. Pew conducted a similar survey in 2017, and found that 41 percent of Americans had experienced harassment, and 18 percent have been victims of severe harassment.
Today's Web--characterized by social media and user-generated content--is a powerful, open medium that gives everyone a voice. Unfortunately, some use their voices to bully or harass other users. Social media platforms, online bulletin boards, blog sites, media companies, and anyone else who opens up posts to comments, struggle to identify and deter online harassment. So Intel has joined with a number of other organizations to create Hack Harassment--a collaborative effort to reduce the prevalence and severity of online harassment through increasing awareness and accountability, advancing anti-harassment technology solutions, and effecting change for individuals and communities. Online harassment is a large and growing problem.