Studying Anti-Social Behaviour in Social Media
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd and Dr. Jenna Jacobson
Position: PhD Candidate
Duration: 1 year - Research Assistantship
Start date: September 1, 2021 (1 Year)
While often celebrated as the 'new normal' of contemporary life, social media has also given way to worrisome online anti-social behaviours that have very real consequences and demand substantive responses from scholars, industry, and governing bodies. Nearly 60% of Canadians (18 years old and older) have encountered hate speech, racist or sexist content online at least once a month (Ryerson Leadership Lab, 2019), and one in every five young Canadians have experienced cyberbullying or cyberstalking (Statistics Canada, 2016).
In recognizing the exponential rise of online anti-social behaviour (often manifested in online trolling, cyberbullying, and expressions of hate speech), this initiative will provide a comprehensive evidence-based investigation of the types of abusive content individuals and businesses experience online, and the types of social media accounts/users that are engaged in generating and propagating such content. Based on a nationwide survey and empirical investigation across popular social media platforms, the objective of this research is to help explain anti-social acts occurring on social media in the Canadian context, develop and validate a theoretical framework and agent-based simulation models, and propose solutions to mitigate anti-social behaviours in online communities.
Candidates should submit the following materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover Letter that describes your relevant background and skills, range of interests and career goals;
- Academic CV;
- Publication/writing sample (academic).