Young People Say They Don't Take Offense at Online Slurs

The Internet is often a place where you don't have to look far to find some kind of offensive comment about blacks, gays or people who are overweight.

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by Associated Press

WASHINGTON- The Internet is often a place where you don't have to look far to find some kind of offensive comment about blacks, gays or people who are overweight. But it seems, most younger viewers aren't quick to take offense about such online slurs.

A new poll finds that a growing number of young people are concluding that it's wrong to post stuff like that - even in a world where ranting on the Internet has become commonplace.

Fifty-two percent of people ages 14 to 24 say it's never OK to use discriminatory language - even when it's just among friends who don't really mean it.

That's up from 44 percent in 2011.

A stronger majority - nearly 6 in 10 - say using slurs is wrong, even if you say you're "just kidding."

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV survey finds the share of young people who come across slurs online has held steady - with more than half the young users of YouTube, Facebook and gaming communities saying they sometimes or often come across biased messages.

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