Do Online Trolling Strategies Differ in Political and Interest Forums: Early Results

Henna Paakki*, Antti Salovaara, Heidi Vepsäläinen

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This study compares the effectiveness of different trolling strategies in two online contexts: politically oriented forums that address issues like global warming, and interest-based forums that deal with people’s personal interests. Based on previous research, we consider trolling as context-bound and suggest that relevance theory and common grounding theory can explain why people may attend and react to certain types of troll posts in one forum, but pay scant attention to them in another. We postulate two hypotheses on how successful (i.e., disruptive) trolling varies according to context: that trolls’ messaging strategies appear in different frequencies in political and interest forums (H1), and that context-matching strategies also produce longer futile conversations (H2). Using Hardaker’s categorization of trolling strategies on a covert–overt continuum, our statistical analysis on a dataset of 49 online conversations verified H1: in political forums covert strategies were more common than overt ones; in interest forums the opposite was the case. Regarding H2 our results were inconclusive. However, the results motivate further research on this phenomenon with larger datasets.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoDisinformation in Open Online Media - 2nd Multidisciplinary International Symposium, MISDOOM 2020, Proceedings
AlaotsikkoMISDOOM 2020
ToimittajatMax van Duijn, Mike Preuss, Frank Takes, Suzan Verberne, Viktoria Spaiser
JulkaisupaikkaCham
Sivut191-204
Sivumäärä14
ISBN (elektroninen)978-3-030-61841-4
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 19 lokakuuta 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaMultidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media - Online, Leiden, Alankomaat
Kesto: 26 lokakuuta 202027 lokakuuta 2020
Konferenssinumero: 2

Julkaisusarja

NimiLecture Notes in Computer Science
KustantajaSpringer
Vuosikerta12259
ISSN (painettu)0302-9743

Conference

ConferenceMultidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media
LyhennettäMISDOOM
MaaAlankomaat
KaupunkiLeiden
Ajanjakso26/10/202027/10/2020

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