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More than half of Americans say they have experienced online hate and harassment

A survey conducted by Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shows that more than half of Americans have experienced getting hateful speech and being harassed.

In a report by USA today, the survey which was conducted in 2018 shows that 53 percent of the 1,134 Americans who participated in the survey were subjected to hateful speech and harassment while 37 percent experienced severe attacks, including sexual harassment and stalking.

The said result reflected a high increase compared to the survey conducted in 2017 by the Pew Research Center which showed only 18 percent of Americans reported online harassment.

The ADL survey also shows that more than one in five respondents said they received physical threats online and almost one in five respondents experienced sexual harassment, stalking or sustained harassment.

Meanwhile, leading social media platforms have become major locations of hate and harassment as 65 percent of the respondents said they experienced online hate and harassment on Facebook, 19 percent on Twitter, and 17 percent on YouTube.

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