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The Dark Side of Online Interactions: Study Reveals Toxicity Origins and Impact on User Participation

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 26, 2024
Humanity corrupts networks, which are not inherently toxic.

A recent study published in Nature has delved into the issue of online toxicity and its origins. The researchers analyzed over 500 million threads, messages, and conversations in English on eight platforms over 34 years, including Facebook, Reddit, Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube. The study found that toxicity is not a result of the networks themselves but rather stems from human behavior.

Walter Quattrociocchi, a professor at Sapienza University in Rome and co-author of the study, suggests that despite changes in networks and social norms over time, certain toxic behaviors persist in online discussions. This implies that toxicity is a natural outcome of online interactions. Surprisingly, the study also revealed that toxicity does not necessarily deter participation on the platforms. User behavior in toxic and non-toxic conversations showed nearly identical patterns in terms of engagement.

Efforts to mitigate toxicity can still be effective in creating a more positive online environment. The findings could help social platforms moderate content to minimize toxic behavior and promote healthier discussions online. However, it is important to note that while human behavior contributes to online toxicity

By Samantha Nguyen

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