Humanity corrupts networks, which are not inherently toxic.

In recent years, social media platforms have come under fire for the toxic environment that often arises in online interactions. But is it the platforms themselves or human behavior that is responsible for this? A new study published in Nature has shed light on this issue, analyzing over 500 million threads, messages, and conversations on eight different platforms over 34 years.

The study found that toxicity is not caused by the networks themselves, but rather stems from human behavior. This implies that despite changes in social norms and networks over time, certain toxic behaviors persist in online discussions. Surprisingly, the study also revealed that toxicity does not necessarily deter participation on the platforms. User behavior in toxic and non-toxic conversations showed nearly identical patterns in terms of engagement.

Walter Quattrociocchi, a professor at Sapienza University in Rome and co-author of the study, suggests that efforts to mitigate toxicity can still be effective in creating a more positive online environment. The findings could help social platforms moderate content to minimize toxic behavior and promote healthier discussions online. While the study highlights that human behavior contributes to online toxicity, it does not mean that all online interactions are doomed to be toxic.

By Samantha Johnson

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