How to be more respectful of your privacy online
It’s all about respecting your privacy.
A new study finds that the more privacy you have, the more likely you are to post or share content that violates your privacy rights.
In a new study conducted by the non-profit Open Rights Group, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that users who reported more privacy concerns were more likely to share harmful content online.
“People are more likely when they’re not fully informed about their rights to be as aggressive as they are in posting harmful content,” study co-author Jules Cappella told ABC News.
“In other words, they are more willing to post harmful content.”
According to the study, users who say they have been more worried about their privacy online were more willing than users who said they had not been.
The researchers also found that people who reported less privacy concerns also reported posting more harmful content on the Internet.
“There’s a big difference between a person who has concerns about privacy, and someone who’s just worried about the next social experiment they’ll be in,” Capplla said.
“When you are sharing a threat to someone else’s privacy, you are using the threat as a weapon to control them.”
The study found that when the users had more privacy worries, they were more eager to post and share content harmful to others.
Users who had more issues with their privacy and the way they used the Internet also reported using more harmful online content.
“You’re more likely than someone who doesn’t have these concerns to share or share harmful and threatening content,” Cattia said.
According to Open Rights, the study shows that the problem of online hate speech has been largely overlooked by the media and the government.
“It’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed, and the problem that we’re seeing is that there’s no accountability for the media when it comes to reporting this kind of hate speech,” Cappslla said, adding that it has been a “chilling, disturbing” experience for many people.
“We’ve had to sit down with law enforcement and government officials to make sure that this kind-of hateful speech doesn’t happen again,” she said.
Cattia added that there is a growing body of research showing that online hate is a major contributor to violent crime and other violent outcomes.
“So, we have to be very careful that we don’t give a false sense of security that we can just give people the ability to go online and express their hatred without being subject to the same consequences that we might impose on a violent criminal,” she added.
The study is one of many studies to examine the impact of online speech on social attitudes, according to Open Right.
The group’s director of research, Elizabeth Kline, said that online violence is a problem that has gone largely underreported.
“As we’ve seen in other studies, the Internet is an effective way for people to express themselves, but it’s also a place where people are often afraid to say anything,” Kline said.
“There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the rise of online harassment, but we’ve never really seen that data on the scale that we do with hate speech.”
The idea is to start thinking about what kind of messages we can’t have online and what kind can,” Klines added.