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Undisciplined: Social Disorder

Kyle Garrity, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/


If you are a frequent participant in a social media community, you know what it’s like when someone new comes along and just doesn’t seem to understand or care about the established rules. But our guest this week wanted to know what happens when newcomers join spaces where the rules aren’t just very well established, but also really toxic.

Ashwin Rajadesingan is a third year PhD student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, where his research is focused on computational social science and aimed at building better online communities. His new study explores how toxic cultures are maintained in specific social media groups.

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