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Citation

Rost K, Stahel L, Frey BS. PLoS One 2016; 11(6): e0155923.

Affiliation

Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2016, Public Library of Science)

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0155923

PMID

27315071

Abstract

Actors of public interest today have to fear the adverse impact that stems from social media platforms. Any controversial behavior may promptly trigger temporal, but potentially devastating storms of emotional and aggressive outrage, so called online firestorms. Popular targets of online firestorms are companies, politicians, celebrities, media, academics and many more. This article introduces social norm theory to understand online aggression in a social-political online setting, challenging the popular assumption that online anonymity is one of the principle factors that promotes aggression. We underpin this social norm view by analyzing a major social media platform concerned with public affairs over a period of three years entailing 532,197 comments on 1,612 online petitions.

RESULTS show that in the context of online firestorms, non-anonymous individuals are more aggressive compared to anonymous individuals. This effect is reinforced if selective incentives are present and if aggressors are intrinsically motivated.


Language: en

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