Online harassment is becoming more common and more severe, a new survey has found, especially for members of minority groups.
Some 35% of Americans have experienced harassment online this year due to racial, religious, or sexual identity – an increase of 3% from 2018, according to a study released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League. Religion-based harassment in particular increased to 22% in 2020, up from 11% in 2018.
“It is by definition difficult to be part of a marginalized group, and that is as true in the online world as it is in the real world,” said Jonathan A Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL.
Online harassment is not only increasing but intensifying, with 28% of Americans now saying they have experienced “severe” online hate this year, including sexual harassment, stalking, physical