Online Harassment Has Reached Unprecedented Levels and Affects the Mental Health of Millions
Every day, 80 percent of the global population engages with social media. These platforms are designed to keep people logged on and interactive as long as possible—their business models hinge upon user engagement. Unfortunately, research has shown time and again that salacious comments and conspiratorial content are powerful tools for online engagement. As a result, global cultural discourse has become more polarized and hateful. The church has an important role in offering alternatives to this dangerous online climate.
Lauren Krapf serves as the Anti-Defamation League’s Counsel for Technology Policy & Advocacy, leading strategy and operations for ADL’s policy initiatives to fight online hate, hold Big Tech accountable, and protect targets of digital harassment. Prior to joining ADL, Lauren worked as an attorney in Los Angeles, where she managed trial and appellate litigation and advised employers about issues and policies related to workplace harassment prevention . . .