SAN FRANCISCO, CA., May 10, 2018 – A new Harris 24 poll shows Americans want social media businesses like Facebook and Twitter and other online discussion platforms to restrict objectionable material in their online feeds. More than 80% believe content that is violent, expressing extremist views, bullying or adult in nature should always be censored or at least reviewed and moderated. Over sixty percent believe action should be taken to censor or moderate profanity, unverified customer complaints and biased news stories.
Although the First Amendment doesn’t apply to the private companies that host social media and discussion websites, leaders on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have questioned whether these businesses are doing enough to suppress distasteful material, or in some cases, whether they are actually being too restrictive. Notably, the poll reveals that consumers would like networking sites and online communities to be more diligent in at least reviewing and moderating the content posted on their platforms, if not censoring it outright.
The online survey of 1050 U.S. consumers conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of ModSquad, put forth a wide range of user-generated content categories from illegal activities to product reviews. The goal was to learn what if any of the content should be censored, moderated or always allowed. Some key findings include:
“People sometimes confuse freedom of speech with the ability to post anything they want online, and that’s just not the case,” said Amy Pritchard, founder and CEO of ModSquad. “It is a tricky issue for networking and media sites to permit some types of content and exclude others, but this poll indicates that online platforms should set clear expectations of their users and undertake decisive moderation actions when it’s necessary for the safety and enjoyment of all.”
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Harris Interactive Poll Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of
ModSquad from April 11-12, 2018 among a nationally representative sample of 1050 U.S.
adults ages 18 and older.
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