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 ZuckerbergWarren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion Who killed the California dream? If you think it was liberals, think again Facebook touts benefits of personalized ads in new campaign 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 PoseyStop COVID unemployment benefits for prisoners and recoup billions in fraud READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results OVERNIGHT ENERGY: 20 states sue over Trump rule limiting states from blocking pipeline projects | House Democrats add 'forever chemicals' provisions to defense bill after spiking big amendment | Lawmakers seek extension for tribes to spend stimulus money 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