Title: Countering online hate speech through technological interventions.
The spread of hate speech in digital spaces such as social media platforms and comment sections on news websites remains a significant problem and contributes to the polarisation of society and the normalisation of hate in online interactions. My PhD project takes a proactive approach to counter this problem by developing a technological intervention to prevent hate speech. This intervention shall complement existing ones, which are mostly aimed at bystanders or victims, by specifically addressing the perpetrators of online hate. In the first stage of the project, I have investigating risk factor that drive users to post hate speech. Building on these insights and input from co-design workshops, I will develop an intervention prototype. This prototype will be tested in regard to user acceptance and efficacy in lab and field studies and analysed from a human rights perspective.
early stage researcher
ESR6 Ina Weber, PhD Candidate at University of Antwerp
Prof. Heidi Vandebosch, University of Antwerp, cyberbullying, technological health interventions
Prof. Karolien Poels, University of Antwerp, persuasive technology, strategic communication
Dr. Sara Pabian, Tilburg University, online aggression, online persuasive communication
Weber, I., Vandebosch, H., Poels, K., & Pabian, S. (2023). Features for Hate? Using the Delphi Method to Explore Digital Determinants for Online Hate Perpetration and Possibilities for Intervention. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2022.0195. Open Access: https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/e4880e.pdf
*contested asterisks* – A deeper look at toxic narratives in social media posts about gender-inclusive language in Germany. A blogpost by Ina Weber (2023, March, 28) for the European Observatory of Online Hate (EOOH), https://eooh.eu/articles/contested-asterisks
Weber, I., Vandebosch, H., Pabian, S., & Poels, K. (2023, February 2-3). Controversial Debates – a study of intolerant uncivil participation in online discussions [Research Escalator Conference Presentation]. Etmaal 2023, Enschede, The Netherlands, https://www.etmaal2023.net
Weber, I., Vandebosch, H., Pabian, S., & Poels, K. (2022, October 24-28). Ask the experts: Applying the Delphi method to determine risk factors and create an ecological model of online hate perpetration [Conference Presentation]. ICA Annual Conference 2022, Paris, France, https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA2022
Weber, I., Vandebosch, H., Pabian, S., & Poels, K. (2022, September 10-15). What makes haters hate: A Delphi Study and Ecological Model on Risk Factors for Online Hate Perpetration [Conference Presentation]. DGPS Congress 2022, Hildesheim, Germany, https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/dgps2022/
Weber, I., Vandebosch, H., Pabian, S., & Poels, K. (2022, May 26-30). Ask the experts: Applying the Delphi method to determine risk factors and create an ecological model of online hate perpetration [Conference Presentation]. ICA Annual Conference 2022, Paris, France, https://www.icahdq.org/page/ICA2022
Weber, I., Vandebosch, H., Pabian, S., & Poels, K. (2021, November 1-3). Discussing expert perspectives on technological interventions to prevent online aggression [Conference Presentation]. World Anti-Bullying Forum, Stockholm, Sweden, https://worldantibullyingforum.com/previous-forums/wabf-2021/