Social Autopsy: A Platform for Online Shaming and Mob Rule?

The concept of a database built to shame users isn’t new: Trolldor was created to catalog trolls on Twitter in 2014. However, databases like these can be open to abuse.

Online bullying and trolling are problems that seem notoriously difficult to root out. A counter-behavior, online shaming, can also be problematic on social media, as mobs amass to dole out punishment for perceived transgressions. Social Autopsy, a database for exposing users engaged in hate-filled behavior, has reignited discussion over these issues.