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TIME | 10.31.18

How The Internet Can Make Hate Seem Normal — And Why That’s So Dangerous

Joan Donovan

Data & Society Media Manipulation Research Lead Joan Donovan explains how some online platforms create environments that cultivate hate.

“Donovan says that these niche platforms are places ‘where many harassment campaigns are organized, where lots of conspiracy talk is organized.’ Racist and sexist memes that might get an account suspended on other platforms are easy to find. ‘The problem is when you’re highly tolerant of those kinds of things,’ Donovan explains, ‘other more sane and more normal people don’t stay.’”

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