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If Big Tech Values Wellness, It Needs To Address Online Harassment

Wellness culture has continued to expand within the tech scene. From straightforward apps that help you track menstrual cycles to ones that guide you through meditation, tech has found multiple ways to address wellness. However, as the conversation continues to expand, the tech industry needs to turn a reflective eye inward. Wellness can’t be seen as just composed of individual choices. While apps and advertisements promoting “wellness” are great, what does that mean when some of tech’s biggest players run toxic sites? Earlier this year, a survey from the Anti-Defamation League found that 2018 was a record year for online hate and harassment. Over half of the respondents reported that they experienced hate on Facebook. Twitter and YouTube came in at 19 percent and 17 percent, respectively. This is big because when you ask people to name social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are often names you’ll hear first. While anyone can experience harassment on social media,...

Vanessa Taylor

Sep 8, 2019

2018 Was A Record Year For Online Hate and Harassment

If logging on to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platforms in the past year may have felt draining, you’re most likely not imagining it. Facebook became a cesspool for online harassment in 2018, a new survey from the Anti-Defamation League shows . More than half (56%) of the survey’s respondents said they experienced hate through Facebook. Twitter and YouTube clocked in at 19 percent and 17 percent respectively for survey participants saying they were harassed on the platforms. Photo: Anti-Defamation League According to the Anti-Defamation League , 32 percent of Americans reported that the harassment they received was because of their sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, gender identity or disability. Twitter has updated its community standards, while YouTube is now working to alter features on its products to curtail some of the negative behavior. Earlier this month, YouTube announced that it is working on ways to stop “dislike campaigns” on videos by large...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 14, 2019