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New Study Reveals Human Behavior as the Root Cause of Online Toxicity on Social Media Platforms

BySamantha Jones

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

The recent debate on social media has been exhausting, especially when it becomes heated. But are the platforms and their algorithms to blame for the toxic environment that often arises in online interactions? A new study published in Nature sheds light on this issue by isolating various behaviors to better understand where online toxicity originates.

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.

While the study highlights that human behavior contributes to online toxicity, it does not mean that all online interactions are doomed to be toxic. 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.

By Samantha Jones

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