Poll: Women more likely to say social media has negative effect on society

Women are more likely to say that social media has a negative effect on society, according a new Hill-HarrisX survey released Wednesday.

The national survey found that 62 percent of female respondents said that interactions on social networks have a negative impact, compared to 58 percent of male respondents.

Overall, 60 percent of those polled believe that social media has a negative impact, while 25 percent said it has more of a positive impact. Fifteen percent said social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have no impact at all.

The survey comes amid reports that online hate speech and harassment are on the rise.

One in 3 Americans reported facing some form of online harassment, according to an Anti-Defamation League survey released earlier this year. A disproportionate number of the respondents were women, with gender-based harassment affecting 24 percent of women as opposed to 15 percent of men.

A 2017 report from Pew Research Center found similar results – women were nearly twice as likely as to say that they had been targeted because of their gender.

Increasingly tech giants have been facing pressure in regard to how they treat content on their platforms. 

YouTube said over the summer that it was updating its hate speech and harassment policies following public outcry over the harassment of Vox journalist Carlos Maza on its platform. The company is now facing a lawsuit from a group of LGBTQ video creators who are accusing the video-sharing platform of discriminating against their content.

Meanwhile Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Senators press Facebook over user location tracking policies Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant MORE returned to Capitol Hill this week to testify on his company’s plans to create a new cryptocurrency, but lawmakers used the opportunity to grill him on a number of controversies involving Facebook, including how the company handles misinformation.

Rep. Bill PoseyWilliam (Bill) Joseph PoseyScientists join Democrats in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Trump official declines to detail plans if ObamaCare struck down | DEA unveils rule for opioid manufacturers | Republican tells Zuckerberg to allow anti-vax content Poll: Women more likely to say social media has negative effect on society MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday pressed Zuckerberg over the platform's efforts to reduce the spread of anti-vaccine content.

The Facebook CEO said that while the company wants to stop the spread of misinformation, it also cares about freedom of speech.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted among 1,001 registered voters between Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn