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Title: Kek, cucks, and god emperor Trump: a measurement study of 4chan's politically incorrect forum and its effects on the web
Authors: Hine, Gabriel Emile 
Onaolapo, Jeremiah O. 
De Cristofaro, Emiliano 
Kourtellis, Nicolas 
Leontiadis, Ilias 
Samaras, Riginos 
Stringhini, Gianluca 
Blackburn, Jeremy 
Keywords: Discussion boards;Measurement study;Political events;Scientific community;Social media;Unique features;YouTube;Social networking (online)
Category: Computer and Information Sciences
Field: Natural Sciences
Issue Date: 15-May-2017
Publisher: AAAI Press
Source: 11th International Conference on Web and Social Media, 2017, Montreal, Canada, 15-18 May
Project: EnhaNcing seCurity And privacy in the Social wEb: a user centered approach for the protection of minors 
Abstract: The discussion-board site 4chan has been part of the Internet's dark underbelly since its inception, and recent political events have put it increasingly in the spotlight. In particular, /pol/, the "Politically Incorrect" board, has been a central figure in the outlandish 2016 US election season, as it has often been linked to the alt-right movement and its rhetoric of hate and racism. However, 4chan remains relatively unstudied by the scientific community: little is known about its user base, the content it generates, and how it affects other parts of the Web. In this paper, we start addressing this gap by analyzing /pol/ along several axes, using a dataset of over 8M posts we collected over two and a half months. First, we perform a general characterization, showing that /pol/ users are well distributed around the world and that 4chan's unique features encourage fresh discussions. We also analyze content, finding, for instance, that YouTube links and hate speech are predominant on /pol/. Overall, our analysis not only provides the first measurement study of /pol/, but also insight into online harassment and hate speech trends in social media.
Rights: © 2017, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Type: Conference Papers
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