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Reddit and the Fourth Estate: Exploring the magnitude and effects of media influence on community level moderation on Reddit [article]

Hussam Habib, Rishab Nithyanand
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Most platforms, including Reddit, face a dilemma when applying interventions such as subreddit bans to toxic communities -- do they risk angering their user base by proactively enforcing stricter controls  ...  itself and across the platform).  ...  The research presented in this paper investigates these relationships on Reddit. Reddit's history with media-driven moderation decisions.  ... 
arXiv:2111.00084v1 fatcat:zlhv6g33jjaojp7fcocvhlxu3e

Make Reddit Great Again: Assessing Community Effects of Moderation Interventions on r/The_Donald [article]

Amaury Trujillo, Stefano Cresci
2022 arXiv   pre-print
The subreddit r/The_Donald was repeatedly denounced as a toxic and misbehaving online community, reasons for which it faced a sequence of increasingly constraining moderation interventions by Reddit administrators  ...  However, the interventions also caused an increase in toxicity and led users to share more polarized and less factual news.  ...  In other words, fake news might have many and diverse effects spread across multiple dimensions of user behavior and ideology.  ... 
arXiv:2201.06455v1 fatcat:duuwm42r7vevfgc57zotn7duke

Commercial Versus Volunteer: Comparing User Perceptions of Toxicity and Transparency in Content Moderation Across Social Media Platforms

Christine L. Cook, Aashka Patel, Donghee Yvette Wohn
2021 Frontiers in Human Dynamics  
To explore this, we conducted cross-platform surveys of over 900 users of commercially-moderated (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube) and user-moderated (Reddit and Twitch) social media platforms  ...  Across platforms, users seem to feel powerless and want to be taken care of when it comes to content moderation as opposed to engaging themselves.  ...  users across six major platforms: Facebook (commerciallymoderated), Instagram (commercially-moderated), Reddit (user-moderated), Twitter (commercially-moderated), (user-moderated), and YouTube  ... 
doi:10.3389/fhumd.2021.626409 fatcat:b32vdf3dfbg45bguum25rmgsmu

Detecting Community Sensitive Norm Violations in Online Conversations [article]

Chan Young Park, Julia Mendelsohn, Karthik Radhakrishnan, Kinjal Jain, Tushar Kanakagiri, David Jurgens, Yulia Tsvetkov
2021 arXiv   pre-print
However, these efforts have largely focused on toxicity as the sole form of community norm violation. Such focus has overlooked the much larger set of rules that moderators enforce.  ...  Online platforms and communities establish their own norms that govern what behavior is acceptable within the community.  ...  HR001120C0124, and by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. IIS2040926 and 1850221.  ... 
arXiv:2110.04419v1 fatcat:y7urcqqerfatdp7f2ci5wczkjq

What Makes Online Communities 'Better'? Measuring Values, Consensus, and Conflict across Thousands of Subreddits [article]

Galen Weld, Amy X. Zhang, Tim Althoff
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Through a combination of survey responses and a quantitative analysis of publicly available reddit data, we characterize how these values vary within and across communities.  ...  In this work, we measure community values through a survey of 2,769 reddit users in 2,151 unique subreddits, the largest survey of community values to date.  ...  In this work, we surveyed 2,796 reddit users to characterize how their values vary within and across 2,151 different communities.  ... 
arXiv:2111.05835v1 fatcat:7luxarx26rfrpm52xyea4rs3bi

Quarantined! Examining the Effects of a Community-Wide Moderation Intervention on Reddit [article]

Eshwar Chandrasekharan, Shagun Jhaver, Amy Bruckman, Eric Gilbert
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We conclude by reflecting on the effectiveness of this design friction in limiting the influence of toxic communities and discuss broader implications for content moderation.  ...  Specifically, we present two case studies of what happened when Reddit quarantined the influential communities r/TheRedPill (TRP) and r/The_Donald (TD).  ...  RQ2 investigates the effects of quarantining TRP and TD on their ability to attract new users (i.e., "Did the Reddit quarantine prevent TRP and TD from assimilating new users?").  ... 
arXiv:2009.11483v3 fatcat:g4dtvwzucjehjd7rtll7jszfxu

The Evolution of the Manosphere Across the Web [article]

Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Jeremy Blackburn, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Summer Long, Stephanie Greenberg, Savvas Zannettou
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Moreover, our analysis suggests that these newer communities are more toxic and misogynistic than the former.  ...  of active users.  ...  levels across Reddit [11] , users migrating to less moderated platforms might become substantially more toxic.  ... 
arXiv:2001.07600v5 fatcat:twhn4euya5eyjon5q6nmdegqxm

Soros, Child Sacrifices, and 5G: Understanding the Spread of Conspiracy Theories on Web Communities [article]

Pujan Paudel, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Savvas Zannettou, Gianluca Stringhini
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We use 189 conspiracy claims collected by Snopes, and find 66k posts and 277k comments on Reddit, and 379k tweets discussing them.  ...  Our analysis sheds light on how conspiracy theories are discussed and spread online, while highlighting multiple challenges in mitigating them.  ...  This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grants CNS-1942610, IIS-2046590, CNS-2114407, and CNS-2114411, a grant from the Media Analysis Ecosystems Group, and the UK's National Research  ... 
arXiv:2111.02187v1 fatcat:w5y3vch5erfv5jatcmvc7xm67u

The Gospel According to Q: Understanding the QAnon Conspiracy from the Perspective of Canonical Information [article]

Max Aliapoulios, Antonis Papasavva, Cameron Ballard, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We find that dissemination was (initially) limited to a few sub-communities and that, while heavy-handed moderation decisions have reduced the overall issue, the "gospel" of Q persists on the Web.  ...  Nevertheless, we still have relatively little understanding of how the theory evolved and spread on the Web, and the role played in that by multiple platforms.  ...  , 2114411, and 2046590.  ... 
arXiv:2101.08750v2 fatcat:ewqyxqtdrrgmlgtiqlnllm7ce4

When the Echo Chamber Shatters: Examining the Use of Community-Specific Language Post-Subreddit Ban [article]

Milo Z. Trujillo, Samuel F. Rosenblatt, Guillermo de Anda Jáuregui, Emily Moog, Briane Paul V. Samson, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Allison M. Roth
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Here, we provide a flexible unsupervised methodology to identify in-group language and track user activity on Reddit both before and after the ban of a community (subreddit).  ...  Altogether, our results show that bans do not affect all groups or users equally, and pave the way to understanding the effect of bans across communities.  ...  Reddit users are regularly active in multiple subreddits concurrently, and unlike other sub-community partitioned platforms like Discord, Slack, or Telegram, we can easily retrieve a user's activity on  ... 
arXiv:2106.16207v1 fatcat:tgp45viwsrdg5h6ecs73ouytyq

"Trust me, I have a Ph.D.": A Propensity Score Analysis on the Halo Effect of Disclosing One's Offline Social Status in Online Communities [article]

Kunwoo Park, Haewoon Kwak, Hyunho Song, Meeyoung Cha
2020 arXiv   pre-print
We study two Reddit communities that adopted this scheme, whereby posts include tags identifying education status referred to as flairs, and we examine how the "transferred" social status affects the interactions  ...  among the users.  ...  Song and M. Cha were supported by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R029-C2) and the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (No. NRF-2017R1E1A1A01076400).  ... 
arXiv:2004.00105v1 fatcat:bhtom73kg5e45gfy7chxatgqse

"How over is it?" Understanding the Incel Community on YouTube

Kostantinos Papadamou, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Michael Sirivianos
2021 Zenodo  
We collect videos shared on Incel communities within Reddit and perform a data-driven characterization of the content posted on YouTube.  ...  Abstract: YouTube is by far the largest host of user-generated video content worldwide. Alas, the platform also hosts inappropriate, toxic, and hateful content.  ...  830927), the US National Science Foundation (grants: 1942610, 2114407, 2114411, and 2046590), and the UK's National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction, and Adversarial Influence Online (UKRI grant  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5234672 fatcat:r2wulmemgrgrbcme7aibouvdqi

"How over is it?" Understanding the Incel Community on YouTube [article]

Kostantinos Papadamou, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Michael Sirivianos
2021 arXiv   pre-print
YouTube is by far the largest host of user-generated video content worldwide. Alas, the platform also hosts inappropriate, toxic, and hateful content.  ...  We collect videos shared on Incel communities within Reddit and perform a data-driven characterization of the content posted on YouTube.  ...  This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under the Marie Skłdowska-Curie ENCASE project (Grant Agreement No. 691025) and the CONCORDIA project  ... 
arXiv:2001.08293v6 fatcat:7tsywjfnajeuzh65djgkpza6d4

Too Crowded for Crowdsourced Journalism: Reddit, Portability, and Citizen Participation in the Syrian Crisis

Scott S.D. Mitchell, Merlyna Lim
2018 Canadian Journal of Communication  
This article explores the complexity of citizen participation in social media and crowdsourced journalism by utilizing the case of r/SyrianCivilWar, the sub-community of Reddit where users discuss the  ...  discourse, deliberative communication, reflexivity and transparency, and database journalism.  ...  Portability can be defined as a characteristic attributed to archetypal content that can be easily carried by and/or moved across multiple and overlapped media networks.  ... 
doi:10.22230/cjc.2019v44n3a3377 fatcat:hwnjjxqrovhlnh5e6nz5em3j24

The Aftermath of Disbanding an Online Hateful Community [article]

Haji Mohammad Saleem, Derek Ruths
2018 arXiv   pre-print
The toxicity created by such content can discourage user participation and engagement. Therefore, it is crucial for and a common goal of platform managers to diminish hateful and harmful content.  ...  We also found that the many counter-actions taken by FPH users were short-lived and promptly neutralized by both Reddit administrators and the admins of individual subreddits.  ...  Reddit administrators and the moderators of specific subreddits.  ... 
arXiv:1804.07354v1 fatcat:kukwfxuoifhk3auh65ke5mskki
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