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"You Can't Stay Here: The Efficacy of Reddit’s 2015 Ban Examined Through Hate Speech"

In 2015, Reddit closed several subreddits—foremost among them r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown—due to violations of Reddit’s anti-harassment policy. However, the effectiveness of banning as a moderation approach remains unclear: banning might diminish hateful behavior, or it may relocate such behavior to different parts of the site.

We study the ban of r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown in terms of its effect on both participating users and affected subreddits. Working from over 100M Reddit posts and comments, we generate hate speech lexicons to examine variations in hate speech usage via causal inference methods. We find that the ban worked for Reddit. More accounts than expected discontinued using the site; those that stayed drastically decreased their hate speech usage—by at least 80%. Though many subreddits saw an influx of r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown “migrants,” those subreddits saw no significant changes in hate speech usage. In other words, other subreddits did not inherit the problem. We conclude by reflecting on the apparent success of the ban, discussing implications for online moderation, Reddit and internet communities more broadly.


(Via Anil Dash)
abuse  reddit  research  hate-speech  community  moderation  racism  internet 
5 weeks ago by jm
Revealed: Facebook exposed identities of moderators to suspected terrorists | Technology | The Guardian
Oh man, this is awful. Poor guy. And this should have been there right from the start:
The moderator said that when he started, he was given just two weeks training and was required to use his personal Facebook account to log into the social media giant’s moderation system.

“They should have let us use fake profiles,” he said, adding: “They never warned us that something like this could happen.”

Facebook told the Guardian that as a result of the leak it is testing the use of administrative accounts that are not linked to personal profiles.
facebook  security  counter-terrorism  moderation  social-media  role-accounts  admin 
june 2017 by jm
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED
“Everybody hits the wall, generally between three and five months,” says a former YouTube content moderator I’ll call Rob. “You just think, ‘Holy shit, what am I spending my day doing? This is awful.’”
facebook  wired  beheadings  moderation  nsfw  google  youtube  social-media  filtering  porn  abuse 
october 2014 by jm
good anti-deletionist comment thread on reddit/programming
Loved this great neologism: 'as with any small organization's politics, people with way more time (and insanity) to invest in trivial issues will always out-penis more casual people just trying to make a positive contribution.'
wiki  bitdecay  wikipedia  deletion  deletionpedia  reddit  comments  thread  discussion  moderation  community  neologisms  from delicious
february 2011 by jm

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