SINGAPORE: A study released by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) this week has shed light on the extent of harmful online content exposure among Singaporeans. The survey, conducted in May this year, involved more than 2,000 local netizens aged 15 and above, with over 500 being parents with children under 18 at home.

The study found that two-thirds of Singaporeans have encountered harmful online content, with cyberbullying and adult material being the most prevalent forms. Additionally, content promoting illegal activities and threatening racial or religious harmony featured prominently in the results.

Of significant concern is that nearly half of the surveyed parents revealed that their children had been exposed to such harmful content online, showing that this issue affects individuals across all age groups.

The survey also highlighted a disturbing trend concerning the response to harmful content; over three-quarters of netizens who reported such content experienced issues during the reporting process. The most common problems included platform operators failing to promptly remove or suspend the accounts responsible for the content. Moreover, considerable delays were observed before any meaningful action was taken by these operators./TISG

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