The social networks of cyberbullying on Twitter

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Abstract

This research applies a social network perspective to the issue of cyber aggression, or cyberbullying, on the social media platform Twitter. Cyber aggression is particularly problematic because of its potential for anonymity, and the ease with which so many others can join the harassment of victims. Utilizing a comparative case study methodology, the authors examined thousands of Tweets to explore the use of denigrating slurs and insults contained in public tweets that target an individual's gender, race, or sexual orientation. Findings indicate cyber aggression on Twitter to be extensive and often extremely offensive, with the potential for serious, deleterious consequences for its victims. The study examined a sample of 84 aggressive networks on Twitter and visualize several social networks of communication patterns that emanate from an initial, aggressive tweet. The authors identify six social roles that users can assume in the network, noting differences in these roles by demographic category. Serious ethical concerns pertain to this technological, social problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Technoethics
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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