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More than half of Americans endure online harassment, note uptick in hate crimes: ADL poll

Andrew Blake The Washington TimesMay 14, 2019

More than half of Americans surveyed in anAnti-Defamation League poll said they were harassed online during 2018, and even more believe that behavior has caused an increase in hate crimes occurring off the internet, according to the results released on Wednesday.

Fifty-three percent of people surveyed on behalf of the ADL watchdog group said they experienced some form of online harassment in 2018, up 18 percent from the results of a similarly worded question asked by the Pew Research Center in 2017.

More than one-third of respondents, 37 percent, said they were subjected last year to “severe harassment,” described as conduct including physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking and sustained harassment, the watchdog reported.

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