More and more Canadians are finding themselves on the receiving end of unwelcome comments via social media, and some of them can be downright nasty.
A new Angus Reid Institute poll finds 1 in 4 have been subjected to derogatory comments, vicious insults, threats of violence or even worse.
Actress and comedienne Leslie Jones was recently attacked on Twitter with a series of racist comments after the premiere of the Ghostbusters reboot; one even hacked into her account.
About 25% of Canadians who have experienced some type of harassment or abuse on social media say the online attacks carried through to their everyday lives, and that most have “self-censored” themselves with the goal of preventing further abuse.
More than half of those asked feel social media companies aren’t doing enough to address the harassment, and that yhey want the companies to take a more active approach, either by responding to complaints (42%) or proactively finding/removing offence comments (49%)
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