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Abuse and harassment is forcing young women to quit social media

Oct 05, 2020 17:55 IST

A large-scale report by humanitarian organisation Plan International has revealed some truth about social media use that most women know all too well. The survey found that more than half (58%) of girls and young women worldwide have been cyberstalked, sent explicit messages and images, or abused online.

Covering 14,000 15 to 25-year-olds from 22 countries, the report found that attacks are most rampant on Facebook at 39% but similar problems are common on other platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter and TikTok. 

What's more, one in five girls (19%) have left or significantly reduced use of a social media platform after being harassed, while another one in ten (12%) have changed the way they express themselves.

As if that wasn't enough, more than a third (37%) of girls who are from an ethnic minority and have suffered abuse say they are targeted because of their race or ethnicity. 

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