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This researcher programmed bots to fight racism on Twitter. It worked.

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  1. dubteedub
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    Though this is from 2016, I thought this article / study was pretty interesting for context of online communities and social media. So the author here wrote a bot that leaves a message in response...

    Though this is from 2016, I thought this article / study was pretty interesting for context of online communities and social media.

    So the author here wrote a bot that leaves a message in response to racial slurs left by white users on Twitter with a history of offensive language on the platform. The author had a mix of seemingly white bots with 500 followers vs 2 followers and seemingly black bots with high and low followers.

    The white bots with high followers led to a reduction in these offensive users using slurs, while the black bots with few followers actually increased the use of racist slurs by these folks. This was despite using identical messages.

    To me, this seems to indicate that there is more onus on white allies with a platform or status to stand up to racism and call them out, though the author points out how you go about that is important.

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