Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poll: People are self-censoring discussion of the NSA on Facebook and Twitter

(The Week) A newly released poll from Pew Research found a "spiral of silence" on the topic of mass NSA surveillance in which social media users are unwilling to discuss the issue online, particularly if their friends do not agree with them. Notably, this self-censorship was far more prevalent on the internet than in real life:

People were less willing to discuss the Snowden-NSA story in social media than they were in person. 86 percent of Americans were willing to have an in-person conversation about the surveillance program, but just 42 percent of Facebook and Twitter users were willing to post about it on those platforms. [Pew]

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