A recent report from Pew Research Center has shown that roughly 4 in 10 of US adults have personally experienced online harassment. 75% of people, stated that the majority of abuse happens on social media, and 24% of the abused indicated that texting or messaging apps were where their most recent experience occurred.

Recently, Instagram has launched a new feature to filter abusive messages in DMs. Twitter has also revealed a new prompt that asks users to think twice before posting an abusive message. However, the problem of online harassment seems to have permeated all layers of our online presence, and these tools may reach just the tip of the problematic iceberg.

So in order to see what really happens in these dark pages of private messages where people are constantly made to feel really uncomfortable, the subreddit r/CreepyPMs has shed some light on things that end up in our inboxes.

“A place for people to share the strange and disturbing PMs they get from all over the internet,” says the group’s description and it’s honestly the part of the internet we all would be better off without.

#1

At Least He Tried

At Least He Tried

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leia's emotional cupcake
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1 month ago

Okay thats funny.

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#2

I Got Messaged By A Master Hacker

I Got Messaged By A Master Hacker

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BingeFest1
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1 month ago

Legend alert

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#3

He's Been Begging For Weeks To Do A "Sexy Roleplay" With Me. I Finally Said Yes. I Think He Regrets Everything Now

He's Been Begging For Weeks To Do A "Sexy Roleplay" With Me. I Finally Said Yes. I Think He Regrets Everything Now

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The Cheshire Cat
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1 month ago

This girl is a legend XD

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The internet has given us incredible freedom to communicate with people across the globe, share our thoughts, and get to know things all without leaving the house. But it came with the price of putting too much freedom in people's hands in a virtual space where identities, actions, and accountabilities for them are often blurred.

The rise of cyberbullying and online harassment via private messages, comments, online groups, and forums has reached its peak. From impersonation accounts to hateful slurs, death threats, unsolicited messages of a sexual nature, and so on, the problem is pervasive and ever-growing.

#4

Oh So I Just Don’t Matter In May?!

Oh So I Just Don’t Matter In May?!

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Nice one. Thumbs up

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#5

Seems Like A Stable Guy

Seems Like A Stable Guy

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Sasy
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1 month ago

Another call to the cops, that is a threat of violence if not giving sex.

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#6

My Fav Comeback To A DP

My Fav Comeback To A DP

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Hello it Smee
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1 month ago (edited)

This woman is a legend.

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And to fight it, it’s important to identify and be aware that you or someone close to you has become a target of online harassment. It’s when an abuser uses technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. It happens on devices like smartphones, computers, tablets, and gaming systems.

Sometimes cyberbullying can be easy to spot—for example, if your child shows you a text, comment, or post that is harsh, mean, or cruel. Other acts are less obvious, like posting someone's personal information, or using photos or videos that hurt or embarrass another person.

#7

Saw This On Tumblr, Yes Sorry On Tumblr

Saw This On Tumblr, Yes Sorry On Tumblr

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Hello it Smee
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1 month ago (edited)

No women ever, has wanted a unsolicited crotch pic.

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#8

My Charming Old Babysitter Feels Like I Owe Him

My Charming Old Babysitter Feels Like I Owe Him

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BingeFest1
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1 month ago

This one is f****d on a number of levels

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#9

Ice Cold

Ice Cold

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Candace Alagappan
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1 month ago

DAYUMMM GURLL

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Harvard Business Review has reported that people of color and LGBTQ+ people are disproportionately targeted, and women are twice as likely as men to experience sexual harassment online.

PEN America, which stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide, has created a useful Online Harassment Field Manual that will give you more information on navigating online abuse. Most importantly, remember that you’re not powerless and that there are concrete steps to be taken.

#10

My New Self Defense Mechanism

My New Self Defense Mechanism

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Politics is enough to drive anyone away

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#11

Fancy Seggs Only

Fancy Seggs Only

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Beuska
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1 month ago

at least this is funny :)

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#12

Sell Me Your Baby!

Sell Me Your Baby!

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Francis
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1 month ago

What the actual F*CK

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#13

This Was The Best Anime Character Arc Of All Time

This Was The Best Anime Character Arc Of All Time

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Francis
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1 month ago

this turned kinda wholesome?!

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#14

I Was Super Bored And Decided To Try The "Meet New People" Feature Of Kik. Never Again

I Was Super Bored And Decided To Try The "Meet New People" Feature Of Kik. Never Again

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KJ
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1 month ago

Fantastic comeback.

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#15

After I Declined His Request For Nudes He Complimented My Boyfriend

After I Declined His Request For Nudes He Complimented My Boyfriend

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Compliments go a long way

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#16

I Waited So Long To Post This

I Waited So Long To Post This

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Jayne Kyra
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1 month ago

For those who may want/need this: https://imgur.com/BB6r69f

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#17

Show Me How Those Tits Fart

Show Me How Those Tits Fart

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LesAnimaux
Community Member
1 month ago

What does it mean indeed

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#18

Haven't Talked To You In 10 Years?

Haven't Talked To You In 10 Years?

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Delta of the Ice/SandWings
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1 month ago

Apply cold water to burned area

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#19

Tinders Fun

Tinders Fun

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Francis
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1 month ago

LOL

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#20

Ant Farm Blocked Me Right After This

Ant Farm Blocked Me Right After This

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

EWHH

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#21

M'queen

M'queen

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Giulia
Community Member
1 month ago

this dude is snapchatting with Queen Elizabeth lmao

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#22

This Is How I Handle A Creepy Pm

This Is How I Handle A Creepy Pm

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Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

I would've sent a pic of a cop in uniform

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#23

Found On Instagram

Found On Instagram

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Vorknkx
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1 month ago

Ooooh, look at all the raw lust dripping from these slutty headphones :D

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#24

Got A Text From A Random Number Today

Got A Text From A Random Number Today

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Giulia
Community Member
1 month ago

orrrr he could have just talked to her irl instead of being a creep. on second thought maybe it's better this way so she knows he is a creep and can block him right away

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#25

Smh, Who Wouldn't Date Shrek?

Smh, Who Wouldn't Date Shrek?

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Giulia
Community Member
1 month ago

beside the cringe in the first message what the f**k was he trying to prove with the "wearing jeans and a t-shirt"? i'm lost

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#26

He Want No Bird

He Want No Bird

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Zaza
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1 month ago

Maybe he'd like a booby instead?

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#27

Is That Clear??

Is That Clear??

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BingeFest1
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1 month ago

run

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#28

My Friend Just Turned 21 He Wanted To Grab A Beer With His Brother And Sister. They Were Supposed To Meet His Sisters New Boyfriend. But He Ghosted Her. Well They Found Out Why He Ghosted Her The Other Night

My Friend Just Turned 21 He Wanted To Grab A Beer With His Brother And Sister. They Were Supposed To Meet His Sisters New Boyfriend. But He Ghosted Her. Well They Found Out Why He Ghosted Her The Other Night

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

she dodged a bullet

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#29

#justsend

#justsend

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Vorknkx
Community Member
1 month ago

Meh, this is nothing. I suffer from an even rarer disease - I need people to randomly give me money for no reason, or else my skin turns green and I die :(

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#30

There’s A Reason The App Only Lets You Message People With Mutual Interest

There’s A Reason The App Only Lets You Message People With Mutual Interest

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ispeak catanese
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1 month ago

Perfect summary. Is she a fortune teller? /s

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