Uncovering the Roots of Online Toxicity: A Study Analyzes 500 Million Conversations on Eight Platforms Over 34 Years

By Eleanor Harrison Mar26,2024
Humanity is the root cause of toxic networks

A recent study published in Nature has delved into the issue of online toxicity and its origins. The study analyzed over 500 million threads, messages, and conversations in English on eight platforms over 34 years, including Facebook, Reddit, Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The results of the study indicate that toxicity is not a consequence of the networks themselves but rather something more deeply rooted in human behavior. Professor Walter Quattrociocchi from Sapienza University, along with other academics from his university and the City University and the Alain Turing Institute in London, suggests that despite changes in networks and social norms over time, certain human behaviors persist in online discussions regardless of the platform.

Contrary to popular belief, toxicity does not necessarily diminish the appeal of a platform. User behavior in toxic and non-toxic conversations showed similar patterns in terms of participation. This suggests that efforts to mitigate toxic behavior may not be as effective as commonly assumed. However, it does provide valuable insights for improving the online discourse and environment on social networks by identifying specific behaviors that contribute to online toxicity.

By Eleanor Harrison

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