[Air-L] New CDT Research report: "More Tools, More Control: Lessons from Young Users on Handling Unwanted Messages Online"
dthakur at cdt.org
Thu Nov 9 11:22:51 PST 2023
We are excited to announce the publication of a new CDT research report
"More Tools, More Control: Lessons from Young Users on Handling Unwanted
The project, led by my colleague Michal Luria, presents the perspective
of teenagers and young adults on the problem of unwanted and harmful
content in online messaging. Using diary studies and interviews we
studied the experiences of young people aged 14-21 over a 3 week period
to understand the nature of unwanted messages they receive and how they
address them. Our findings suggest that young people already employ
several strategies for dealing with unwanted content. Indeed, they also
had several ideas for how social media and other platforms can provide
better tools to support their efforts at addressing unwanted content,
which we outline in the report. We argue that as part of broader efforts
to keep young people safe online, companies should invest more in
supporting the ability of these users to protect themselves.
You can find the PDF of the full report here
We also have an article in Tech Policy Press
from Michal Luria and Aliya Bhatia on the relevance of these findings to
current policy debates about teen safety online.
Please feel free to share and we welcome your feedback.
*Dhanaraj Thakur* (he/him) | Research Director
Center for Democracy & Technology |*cdt.org <https://cdt.org/>*
*E:* dthakur at cdt.org | *P:* +1 202 407 8849
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