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New project: "What Makes Social Media Content Harmful? A User-Centric Comparative Approach"

ZeMKI member Prof. Dr. Yannis Theocharis cooperates with colleagues from the University of Liverpool, George Washington University and Loughborough University in a one-year project funded by Facebook.

The project is led by Principal Investigator Patricia Rossini (University of Liverpool, UK), with Yannis Theocharis from ZeMKI, Uni Bremen, Rebekah Tromble (George Washington University, USA) and Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University, UK) as further collaborative partners. The focus of the investigation is how perceptions of intolerant behaviors are influenced by personal, cultural or political traits, as well as personal experiences with, and possible remedies to, online toxicity. The project will employ a comparative perspective and investigate the potential effects of exposure to intolerant speech in four countries where online intolerance is pervasive — Brazil, Germany, UK and US. Research will focus on how different groups of users in different countries react when they are targeted by, or witness others being targeted by, intolerant political speech on social media and explore how platform content moderation policies can minimize the resulting harms of intolerant speech.

Further information on the ZeMKI Lab "Computational Communication and Democracy" can be accessed here.