An analysis of hundreds of online forums found that “in general, people do not want to be a jerk” and that “everyone has their own opinion about jerks.”
The study, published in the journal Science, found that more than a third of the forum posts that it analyzed contained the phrase “I’m not a jerk,” and “a jerk is a jerk.”
The survey found that these types of comments and comments were frequently made by men, white people, and people of color.
The researchers also found that people were generally reluctant to acknowledge or discuss sexual harassment, as opposed to physical violence, and that this reluctance was largely related to the way they were presented in the forum.
In a statement, Facebook said the study showed that the platform has an “ongoing commitment to addressing the issue of online harassment.”
The researchers wrote that “when we’re creating content that includes harassment, we need to make sure that it’s a safe environment and that it promotes inclusion.”
“We know that it is important for people to be safe on Facebook, but we also know that people are often hesitant to share their experiences because they’re uncomfortable sharing their stories, and they fear that if they do share their stories it might cause them harm,” they wrote.