At US Safer Internet Day launch event in Philadelphia, youth commit to being kinder online

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Youth and teens attending the official U.S. launch event of Safer Internet Day 2017 embraced Microsoft’s Digital Civility Challenge and committed to being kinder and more respectful to one another online. Celebrated in Philadelphia, as part of Safer Internet Day 2017, Microsoft released research from 14 countries, our inaugural Digital Civility Index, the challenge and other resources to encourage more empathetic and respectful online interactions. Our hope is that digital Read more »

Microsoft releases Digital Civility Index, challenges people to be more empathetic online

It’s Safer Internet Day 2017, and Microsoft is challenging people around the world to embrace “digital civility” and to treat each other with respect and dignity online. It may sound simple, but new Microsoft research shows people are concerned about the tone of online interactions and worry that risks will increase in the future. The research prompted the creation of our Digital Civility Index, which we’re also announcing today – Read more »

Calling US teens: Apply to join our new Council for Digital Good

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Teenagers in the U.S., listen up: here’s a unique opportunity to have your voices heard about digital issues. Effective today, Microsoft is accepting applications for our Council for Digital Good, a one-year pilot program for youths ages 13 to 17 to help lay the groundwork for a new approach to online interactions. Selected council members will be invited to our Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, for a two-day trip in Read more »

Year in review: New online safety resources created, 2017 brings focus on digital civility

I recently attended the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., where the event theme – “Online Safety in Transition” – prompted me to reflect on my work in online safety and how it has evolved. Looking back on 2016, the online safety landscape has indeed shifted and we at Microsoft will continue to focus on the issue in 2017. When I began working in online safety some Read more »

Online risks have real-world consequences, new Microsoft research shows

Most people have had at least one negative online experience that resulted in real-world consequences, including a loss of trust in others, increased stress or sleep deprivation, preliminary results of a new Microsoft survey show. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of those polled said they had fallen victim at some point to at least one of 17 different online risks. That figure grows to 78 percent when respondents also considered the Read more »

It’s October: Remember to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

October kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month, 31 days focused on raising public awareness and educating individuals and families about staying safer and more secure online. This year marks six years since the launch of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the month’s signature safety campaign – a simple, actionable message aimed at encouraging people to help safeguard their digital lifestyles. On Tuesday, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department Read more »

Teens are concerned about personal safety online, pessimistic about future risks

Teens around the world are concerned about their personal safety online and expect internet-related risks to increase in the future, preliminary results of a new Microsoft study show. Adults and youth share an equally high concern about the current state of online risks, but data show youth are especially troubled by the expectation of sexual threats becoming worse. Results indicate young people are more likely to have experienced or been Read more »

New resources to report hate speech, request content reinstatement

Microsoft is committed to creating safe online communities where our customers can learn, play, grow and interact without the threat of violence or hatred. That’s why for many years we’ve sought to protect our customers by prohibiting hate speech and removing such content from our hosted consumer services. While neither our principles nor our policies are changing, we are refining some of our processes to make it easier for customers Read more »

Microsoft study: Four in 10 US teens encounter cruel treatment online

Nearly four in 10 American teens report that someone was mean or cruel to them in the digital world in the last year, and those negative comments most often stemmed from something the teens said or did, or were about their appearance, results of a new Microsoft study show. Thirty-nine percent of teens surveyed said someone had been mean or cruel to them when they were online or using their Read more »

Microsoft’s ‘revenge porn’ approach one year later

To help put victims back in control of their online imagery and their privacy, one year ago today Microsoft announced its approach to non-consensual pornography on our consumer services. We see this milestone as an appropriate time to take stock of our efforts to-date and to review how our dedicated reporting method was received and is being used.   Sharing sexually intimate images of another person online without that person’s consent Read more »