The far-left Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has published a new report claiming that online “hate” and “harassment” has been rising over the last 12 months.
According to Axios, the survey in question claims that half of respondents have supposedly encountered online harassment, with the most-targeted groups being so-called “transgenders,” people who believe they are somehow of the opposite gender than their biological one; the report says that three-fourths of transgenders feel that they have been “harassed.”
Blacks and Muslims also claimed to have been targeted online, with 38 percent of both demographics making these claims. Overall, just over half of all teenagers say they have been discriminated against online, at 51 percent, up from 36 percent in last year’s ADL survey.
The alleged harassment varies depending on the platform. Over half of the respondents who claim to have been victims of harassment said that it took place on Facebook, with harassment claims on Twitter and Reddit rising dramatically from last year.
“Online hate and harassment isn’t just ‘hurtful speech,’” claimed Yael Eisenstat, head of the ADL’s Center for Technology and Society, in a statement. “It pushes people out of the conversation, impinging on their own freedom of expression, causing emotional distress, reputational and economic harm.”
Eisenstat also claimed, without any evidence, that such online banter is inspiring mass shooters.
“Mass shooters are finding inspiration in the misogynist, anti-LGBTQ+ and antisemitic content coursing through their feeds,” Eisenstat continued. “And social media posts on mainstream platforms that target trans people have been directly linked to bomb and death threats against hospitals that provide gender-affirming care.”
In fact, one of the most recent mass shootings in the United States was carried out in Nashville, Tennessee by a far-left transgender activist in March; a woman who believed she was a man carried out a shooting at the Presbyterian school she used to attend, taking six lives – including three 9-year-old children – before she was gunned down by the police.
ADL’s survey was conducted online from March 7th to March 24th, by YouGov. The sample size was 2,139 individuals.