At a time when everyday conversations have moved online, people are increasingly taking to social networks like Twitter and Facebook not just to consume media but to also voice dissent. However, hiding behind a screen has only made it easier for users to get vicious, and healthy debates have taken a backseat, thanks to trolling.
Celebrities, media personalities, activists and even common users have faced the brunt of online trolling, which can range from abuse to rape threats, and even threat to a personâ€™s life and family.
In order to gauge the extent of online trolling and harassment, Digital Empowerment Foundation, along with the US Consulate in Chennai, is conducting a survey that seeks to understand instances of trolling among social media users. The researchers will then conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses of the trends among social media users in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The idea is to analyse and create a report on the status of online harassment among users in South India. The findings will then be used to create strategies and steps that need to be taken by these social media platforms, law enforcement bodies and the civil society to curb this growing problem.
The survey is open to all social media users between the age of 16 to 65, who have faced some form of trolling online harassment.
The survey is available in four different languages: English, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. No contact information will be collected while filling the form.
Click here to take the survey in English
Click here to take the survey in Tamil
Click here to take the survey in Kannada
Click here to take the survey in Malayalam