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Unwanted sexting, hate speech, trolls are top reasons for India not being very ‘digitally civil’

Digital Civility Index (DCI) is a measure of the tone and tenor of online interactions as reported by consumers. India fared poorly in 2019 by reporting a 71% on the index. A higher DCI score means lower perceived civility

tech Updated: Feb 12, 2020 14:46 IST
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Unwanted contact, unwanted sexting, hate speech, trolling and being treated meanly are the top five online risks in India which has seen a dip in digital civility, according to a new research from Microsoft.
Unwanted contact, unwanted sexting, hate speech, trolling and being treated meanly are the top five online risks in India which has seen a dip in digital civility, according to a new research from Microsoft.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Unwanted contact, unwanted sexting, hate speech, trolling and being treated meanly are the top five online risks in India which has seen a dip in digital civility, according to a new research from Microsoft.

The results which were released in conjunction with the international Safer Internet Day on Tuesday revealed that 45% of those who faced online risks knew the perpetrators.

Among teenagers, 71% faced a risk, while 81% worry risk will happen again, said the study, adding that social media sites are the most common online space for risks.

However, 67% of those surveyed said that they believe technology and social media companies will create tools and policies that will encourage respectful and civil behaviour.

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In the Microsoft Digital Civility Index (DCI), a measure of the tone and tenor of online interactions as reported by consumers in 25 countries, India fared poorly in 2019. A higher DCI score means lower perceived civility.

The India DCI Index increased 12 points to 71% in 2019 -- the highest in four years, the results showed.

The report, based on the views of 12,520 adults and teenagers questioned across 25 countries including India, showed that physical appearance and politics are the primary drivers of online incivility, with 31% of all respondents pointing to both of these two topics as problematic.

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Sexual orientation was close behind at 30 %, while religion and race came in at 26% and 25% respectively, Jacqueline Beauchere, Global Digital Safety Advocate at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

The top five for online civility were the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia and the US.

Those with the lowest online civility readings were Vietnam, Russia, Colombia, Peru and South Africa, the research showed.