Pew Research: Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity, and Fake News Online

From the Pew Research Center

In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust?

To illuminate current attitudes about the potential impacts of online social interaction over the next decade, The Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center asked this question of technology experts, scholars, corporate practitioners and government leaders. In response, 42% of of the 1,537 respondents indicated that they expect “no major change” in online social climate in the coming decade and 39% said they expect the online future will be “more shaped” by negative activities. Those who said they expect the internet to be “less shaped” by harassment, trolling and distrust were in the minority (19%).

Read the entire report on the Pew Research Center website and find shareable quotes on the future of online public discourse.


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