26 pct of Cambodian Internet users experience online harassment: survey report

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PHNOM PENH, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-six percent of all Cambodian Internet users, aged 15-65, experienced some forms of online harassment, said a recent survey report released here on Wednesday by regional ICT policy think-tank LIRNEasia.

Speaking during the report launching ceremony, Helani Galpaya, chief executive officer of LIRNEasia, said 2,100 individuals were surveyed from 100 villages in Cambodia's 25 provinces.

"The report found that online harassment was higher among women," she said. "Cyberstalking was a concern among female social media users in Cambodia."

According to the report, she said 29 percent of women and 23 percent of men, who used social media platforms, experienced online harassment such as calling offensive names, receiving unwanted material, and online bullying.

The report indicated that 85 percent of Cambodian mobile phone owners, aged 15-65, used some kinds of app on their mobile phone.

"This was the highest app use among all Asian and African countries surveyed," Galpaya said. "In addition, 45 percent of social media users indicated that they always verify the truthfulness of content on social media before sharing it."

The Southeast Asian nation has the population of approximately 16 million.

Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Secretary of State Kan Channmeta, who took part in the event, said the Internet penetration rate in the kingdom is now 75 percent of the population and is expected to reach 95 percent by 2020.

Most of the Internet users get online via their smartphones. Enditem

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