The Online and Social Climate Will Only Get Worse Before It Gets Better (Report)

Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center surveyed 1,537 technologists, futurists and scholars

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The issues of trolling and fake news that have plagued social networks of late aren’t going to get any better over the next 10 years, and they may even get worse.

Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center surveyed 1,537 technologists, futurists and scholars for a new study, and their views of the upcoming decade were not optimistic.

In response to the question, “In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls and an overall tone of griping, distrust and disgust?,” 42 percent of respondents expected “no major change,” while 39 percent expected the next 10 years online to be “more shaped” by negative activities and just 19 percent responded with “less shaped.”

Respondents were also asked the following questions, and Pew and the Imagining the Internet Center shared the sampling of answers below:

  • How do you expect social media and digital commentary to evolve...


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