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Online harassment affects half of Americans: study

WASHINGTON: Almost half of US internet users say they have been a victim of online harassment or abuse ranging from name-calling to stalking to physical threats, a survey showed Monday. Forty-seven percent of people reported experiencing at least one form or online harassment or unwanted contact, according to the study by the Data & Society Research Institute and Center for Innovative Public Health Research. More than a third (36 percent) had suffered "direct harassment," including being called offensive names,…