Online abuse

OS-legal but harmful

Ofcom urges tech firms to keep women safer online

Published: 1 June 2022

Last updated: 17 March 2023

Real-world concerns about women’s safety and wellbeing are mirrored in the online world, according to figures from Ofcom’s major study into the nation’s online lives.

The impact of online hate

Published: 6 February 2023

Last updated: 16 March 2023

This qualitative research examines the impact of exposure to online hate and hateful abuse on people with protected characteristics

Life Online – new podcast episode tackles online abuse in football

Published: 5 August 2022

Last updated: 16 March 2023

As Premier League football returns from its summer break, the latest episode of Ofcom’s Life Online podcast shines a light on the dark side of the beautiful game: the scale of online abuse targeted at players.

Tracking abuse on Twitter against football players in the 2021-22 Premier League season

Published: 2 August 2022

Last updated: 16 March 2023

To understand the problem of footballing abuse, we commissioned The Alan Turing Institute to analyse more than 2.3 million tweets directed at Premier League footballers during the 2021-22 season.

Crossing the line: Seven in ten Premier League footballers face Twitter abuse

Published: 25 August 2022

Last updated: 16 March 2023

Ofcom reveals the scale of personal attacks suffered by Premier League footballers every day on Twitter, and sets out what must be done collectively to tackle the issue.

Watch the experts discuss online abuse in football

Published: 26 September 2022

Last updated: 16 March 2023

Last week we held our Crossing the Line event, to showcase research we undertook in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute looking at the extent of online abuse against footballers.

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