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points | 11.22.16

Culture of Harassment

danah boyd

D&S founder danah boyd writes her response to the recent “Online Harassment, Digital Abuse, and Cyberstalking in America” report.

27% of all American internet users self-censor what they post online out of fear of online harassment. Young people are especially prone to self-censorship. This is deeply disturbing. We often worry about free speech online, but we don’t consider the social factors that prompt people to censor themselves or the ways in which this impacts some groups more than others.

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