R. Stuart Geiger on Twitter and Blockbots

R. Stuart Geiger has some interesting thoughts on Twitter and blockbots. “I’ve been working on a research project about counter-harassment projects in Twitter, where I’ve been focusing on blockbots (or bot-based collective blocklists) in Twitter. Blockbots are a different way of responding to online harassment, representing a more decentralized alternative to the standard practice of moderation—typically, a site’s staff has to go through their own process to definitively decide what accounts should be suspended from the entire site. I’m excited to announce that my first paper on this topic will soon be published in Information, Communication, and Society… This post is a summary of that article and some thoughts about future work in this area.”

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