3 years ago

Extracting Inter-community Conflicts in Reddit.

Eytan Adar, Srayan Datta

Anti-social behaviors in social media can happen both at user and community levels. While a great deal of attention is on the individual as an 'aggressor,' the banning of entire Reddit subcommunities (i.e., subreddits) demonstrates that this is a multi-layer concern. Existing research on inter-community conflict has largely focused on specific subcommunities or ideological opponents. However, antagonistic behaviors may be more pervasive and integrate into the broader network. In this work, we study the landscape of conflicts among subreddits by deriving higher-level (community) behaviors from the way individuals are sanctioned and rewarded. By constructing a conflict network, we characterize different patterns in subreddit-to-subreddit conflicts as well as communities of 'co-targeted' subreddits. By analyzing the dynamics of these interactions, we also observe that the conflict focus shifts over time.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1808.04405

DOI: arXiv:1808.04405v1

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