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Measuring #GamerGate: A Tale of Hate, Sexism, and Bullying

Chatzakou, D; Kourtellis, N; Blackburn, J; De Cristofaro, E; Stringhini, G; Vakali, A; (2017) Measuring #GamerGate: A Tale of Hate, Sexism, and Bullying. In: Barrett, R and Cummings, R and Agichtein, E and Gabrilovich, E, (eds.) WWW '17: Companion Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion. (pp. pp. 1285-1290). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Over the past few years, online aggression and abusive behaviors have occurred in many different forms and on a variety of platforms. In extreme cases, these incidents have evolved into hate, discrimination, and bullying, and even materialized into real-world threats and attacks against individuals or groups. In this paper, we study the Gamergate controversy. Started in August 2014 in the online gaming world, it quickly spread across various social networking platforms, ultimately leading to many incidents of cyberbullying and cyberaggression. We focus on Twitter, presenting a measurement study of a dataset of 340k unique users and 1.6M tweets to study the properties of these users, the content they post, and how they differ from random Twitter users. We find that users involved in this "Twitter war" tend to have more friends and followers, are generally more engaged and post tweets with negative sentiment, less joy, and more hate than random users. We also perform preliminary measurements on how the Twitter suspension mechanism deals with such abusive behaviors. While we focus on Gamergate, our methodology to collect and analyze tweets related to aggressive and bullying activities is of independent interest.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Measuring #GamerGate: A Tale of Hate, Sexism, and Bullying
Event: 26th International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW '17)
Location: Perth, Australia
Dates: 03 April 2017 - 07 April 2017
ISBN-13: 9781450349147
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3041021.3053890
Publisher version: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3053890
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1543151
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