Survey: Two-Thirds of US Online Gamers Have Experienced “Severe” Harassment

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Online games may require thicker skin than ever. A new survey by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) claims that up to two-thirds of online gamers in the US have been harassed based on their “race, religion, ability, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.”

It doesn’t end at verbal abuse. Thirty percent said they’ve been doxxed, while a quarter said they were “exposed to white supremacist ideology.”

Past studies have suggested that online harassment is getting worse, and a similar ADL survey conducted earlier this year reported that 37 percent of Americans have experienced “severe” harassment online. It seems to be even more of an issue in online gaming, though, given that the current ADL survey found 65 percent of players experienced “severe” harassment.


Tsing Mui
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