SA seems to be among the world’s rudest online

2018-02-09 16:29
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We’ve all encountered bullies online who make racist, sexist or obscene comments.

It’s almost impossible to have a social media presence without having been berated or insulted about the most innocuous tweet, Facebook post or selfie on Instagram.

Well, it’s official: South Africa is one of the most impolite countries online.

That’s according to a recent survey released by tech company Microsoft.

The Microsoft Digital Civility Index has placed South Africa 22nd out of 23 countries where people are abusive or discourteous online and on social media. The study was conducted among both teenagers (13-17 years old) and adults (18-74).

Microsoft also runs its own programme to promote digital civility. 

Of the 23 countries surveyed (including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, India, the UK and the US) South Africa achieved the third highest score for undesirable online communication.

That includes being phoned or personally approached without requesting or expecting it by people who got your contact details online.

But the survey did note a 4% improvement (29% in 2017 compared to 33% in 2016) in people being treated badly online. 

More than six out of 10 people who were part of the study also reported having experienced some form of online harassment. 

In 2016 South Africa was also rated as one of the top 15 rudest countries online.

 

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