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  • Free expression advocacy group PEN America called on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media companies to implement product design changes addressing online abuse in a new report.
  • The nonprofit says online harassment has a chilling effect on public discourse and disproportionately harms writers, journalists and other users who identify as women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ and religious and ethnic minorities.

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In this photo illustration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seen on a mobile screen as he remotely testifies during the hearing of U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation titled "Does Section 230's Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States.

Free expression advocacy group PEN America, in a new report released Wednesday morning, called on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms to implement product design changes to address harassment.

The report says online harassment has a chilling effect on public discourse and disproportionately harms writers, journalists and other users who identify as women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ and religious and ethnic minorities.

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