Research: Using Real Names Does Not Temper Social Media Attacks / Trolling

You’d think that people posting online with real names instead of anonymously would temper their remarks a bit, wouldn’t you? apparently not. “In research published this June in the journal PLoS One, [Lea] Stahel studied comments on online petitions published on a German social media platform between 2010 and 2013. The data included 532,197 comments on about 1,600 online petitions. Commentators could choose to be public or anonymous. Contrary to expectations, the commentators with the harshest words during mass public attacks were more likely to be the name-identified ones than the anonymous ones (less than a third of commentators kept their names private).”

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