Report finds gamers face more harassment online

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A new survey by the Anti-Defamation League has found that people who play online games are facing an increasing amount of harassment as part of their experience.

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why it matters: The study found that the level of harassment reported by adults increased for the third year in a row. And, for the first time measuring players ages 13-17, the ADL said that three out of five youth experienced harassment.

The survey also found that:

  • Previous surveys showed an increase in the number of women reporting being bullied because of their gender, as did the percentage of black and Asian gamers who said they were harassed based on their race.
  • 8% of adults aged 18–45 and 10% of adolescents aged 13–17 said they were exposed to discussions in online multiplayer games related to white supremacy.
  • 7% of adult online multiplayer gamers said they were exposed to Holocaust denial.
  • A quarter of youth said they always hide their identity online to avoid harassment, while over 40% said they sometimes hide their identity.
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