Here's How We Can Have a Nicer Internet Through Technology and Community

There may be a nicer internet somewhere in the future, but until we begin trying new moderation methods, we’ll be stuck with the what we have — for better or for worse.

Toxic behavior — trolling, threats, bullying, releasing the sensitive information of other users — seems to be a chronic problem on social networks. Many sites are working earnestly to make their sites less prone to abuse. But how many solutions are there to the problem?

Recently Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, noted that Twitter’s user environment is having some problems:

I wonder about Twitter and the way it’s made, and that people tend to retweet stuff that really gets them going, and that’s not really great […] So I think we have responsibility to think how to build systems that tend to produce constructive criticism and harmony as opposed to negativity and bullying.

However, creating these systems is easier said than done.



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