Online harassment grows, study shows

About 4 in 10 Americans have personally experienced online harassment, most commonly on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, says a Pew Research Center survey released Tuesday.

The survey shows 41 percent of 4,248 respondents have faced online harassing behavior such as offensive name-calling and embarrassment, up from 35 percent in 2014 when Pew last conducted a similar survey.

Nearly 1 in 5 said they experienced more severe forms of harassment, such as physical threats, stalking and sexual harassment.

While men are more likely than women to suffer online harassment overall — 44 percent vs. 37 percent — women, particularly young women, are more likely to be subjected to sexualized forms of online abuse. Two in 10 women ages 18 to 29 said they have been sexually harassed online. And just over half said they have been sent explicit images they did not ask for, according to the survey.

The most common venue for online harassment was social media — 58 percent said their most recent incident happened on a social media platform.

— Reuters

Takata recall grows by 2.7 million vehicles

Takata is adding 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Nissan and Mazda to the list of those being recalled to replace potentially dangerous air-bag inflaters.

The inflaters are a new type that was thought to be safe.

Takata inflaters can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 17 people have died and more than 180 injured because of the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that tests done by Takata show for the first time that the new type of desiccated inflater “will pose a safety risk if not replaced.”

Nissan said the new recall affects just over 515,000 Versa subcompact hatchback and sedans from the 2007 through 2012 model years. Mazda said its recall covers about 6,000 B-Series trucks from 2007 through 2009. Ford will file a list of models within the next five days.

— Associated Press

Facebook shuts down pot sellers’ pages

Facebook has shut down pages set up by several businesses licensed to legally sell marijuana in Alaska, severing what some shop owners consider a critical link to their customers.

The social media giant says its standards describe what users can post, and content promoting marijuana sales isn’t allowed.

It wasn’t clear why the crackdown in Alaska happened recently. The first shops authorized to sell marijuana in the state opened last fall.

— Associated Press

Also in Business

Amazon said Tuesday that it had sold more than three times as many Echo family devices worldwide partway through its Prime Day sale than for the entire event in 2016, an early sign of its performance on one of its biggest business days of the year. Amazon is selling the voice-controlled Echo speaker at half price, or $89.99, for members of its Prime shopping club, with other discounts for related devices. ( chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

A distributor of Primewall brand tires is recalling more than 394,000 of them in the United States because they can crack and lose air, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain Valera Touring II replacement passenger car tires distributed by Giti Tire USA and sold at Firestone stores. Gitti said in documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a crack can develop in the lower sidewall after several months. Giti said there have been no property damage or injury claims.

HSBC and UBS have each agreed to pay $14 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing them of rigging an interest rate benchmark in the $483 trillion derivatives market. The deals, disclosed in filings Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, require a judge’s approval. They boost the total payout from 10 banks to $408.5 million. HSBC and UBS denied wrongdoing. Several pension funds and municipalities accused 14 banks of conspiring to rig the ISDAfix benchmark for their own gain from at least 2009 to 2012.

Cabela’s shareholders are giving a nod to the sale of the outdoor outfitter to rival Bass Pro Shops for about $4 billion. The Nebraska chain said Tuesday that shareholders approved a deal, announced in October, which will pay them $61.50 per share. Company officials have said they expect the sale to close later this year, but banking regulators must still approve the sale of Cabela’s credit card unit, which is part of the deal.

— From news reports

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