Digital wildfires: the challenge of provocative content on social media

24 May 2016 1.00pm 2.00pm


Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (Map)


Helena Webb



Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are hugely popular in modern life and bring many benefits. However they also risk 'digital wildfires' in which provocative content in the form of hate speech, misinformation or inflammatory posts etc spreads rapidly and causes serious harm to individuals, groups and communities.

This talk describes current research on digital wildfires. The research examines how provocative content spreads on social media and the impacts that it has. It also seeks to identify ways to promote the responsible governance of social media - in which the harms caused by digital wildfires are prevented or limited but rights to freedom of speech are also protected.


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