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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are worst for trolling according to new research

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the main ‘hunting grounds’ for trolls — and almost nine in 10 users don’t think the social media giants are doing enough to police violent or anti-social behaviour online, according to research. A study of 1,000 adults who have experienced trolling found 87 per cent think these are the main platforms responsible for facilitating such abuse. Nearly four in 10 say they are mocked every time they go online, with a third targeted for their physical appearance. Eight in 10 think the inability to work out the identity of offenders is a major issue that needs addressing. Three quarters said they want to feel a stronger sense of protection from the platforms they use, while 67 per cent would like to see stricter rules and consequences in place. And 63 per cent would like there to see more security to prevent strangers from being able to make contact. Peter Alfred-Adekeye, founder of secure messaging platform LetterBox [www.letterbox.world], which commissioned the research, said: “The research clearly shows people want to see action while feeling safe online when connecting with others. “The results of this survey have also shown people actually want change and are tired of where things currently stand in the social media landscape. “Evidently, enough is enough and things need to change.” Other common trolling themes are continuous negative comments on posts and insistence the victim’s point of view was wrong.
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