The majority of social media users believe that there isn’t enough being done to combat online “trolling.”
According to study, the biggest “hunting grounds” for trolls are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and nearly nine out of ten users believe the social media companies are not doing enough to police aggressive or anti-social behavior online. According to a survey of 1,000 persons who have experienced trolling, 87 percent believe these are the key venues that facilitate such abuse.
Nearly four out of 10 people believe they are mocked every time they go online, with a third saying they are criticized because of their physical appearance.
Users of social media need a secure online environment where they can interact with their friends and share the material they like.
LetterBox was founded by Peter Alfred-Adekeye.
Eight out of ten people believe that determining the identification of criminals is a big problem that has to be addressed.
Three-quarters of respondents indicated they want a stronger sense of protection from the platforms they use, while 67 percent want stricter rules and consequences.
Furthermore, 63 percent want increased security to prevent strangers from making contact.
“The research clearly reveals individuals want to see action while feeling safe online while communicating with others,” said Peter Alfred-Adekeye, founder of secure messaging platform LetterBox, which commissioned the study.
“The findings of this study also revealed that individuals are desirous of change and are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs in the social media landscape.
“Clearly, enough is enough, and things must shift.”
Continuous nasty comments on posts and insistence that the victim’s point of view was incorrect are other prevalent trolling themes.
Threats of death, rape, and even being mocked at the death of a loved one were among the more serious incidents mentioned by some respondents.
A quarter of users have received racially motivated communications, and 24% have seen homophobic messages, according to the study.
Trolling is defined as “deliberately insulting or provocative online posting with the intent of upsetting someone or generating an angry response from them” – and over a third of those polled had admitted to doing the same to someone else.
While 46% believe they have previously mistakenly trolled someone online.
68 percent of respondents asked via OnePoll have reported trolling after witnessing such behavior in themselves or others, however 59 percent admitted to turning a blind eye in the past.
Trolling has caused 56 percent of people to stop using social media. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”