On paper, at least, nearly everyone is against online harassment. But how that line is defined — and how consistently the rules are applied — can vary dramatically on platforms and social media. Does it require a direct or immediate threat of violence, or is it enough to say you “hope” someone dies? Does it count if a popular user targets someone for dogpiling by their followers, even if their own language isn’t abusive? Do the rules apply to the president of the United States when he celebrates violence against the media, or taunts volatile dictators with nuclear war on Twitter? (Update: no.)

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, defining online harassment is just as complicated for the average American user as it is for huge…

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