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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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This research examines the impact of trolling behavior on individuals’ participation in social movements. Troll behavior that disrupts online discourse can mislead or influence users to stray away from the main thrust of the social movement. There have been very limited information systems studies on how trolls influence social ties in specific organizational and social contexts. Current troll research is limited to the technical aspects of identifying troll characteristics. We annotated 217,582 tweets on the Stand with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) movement by following a data dictionary approach and generated a word frequency for all the tweets to manually identify troll words. Researchers independently analyzed the tweets to label them based on troll characteristics. Our preliminary analysis of the troll tweet discussions elucidates the dynamics of trolls’ social influence in a social movement.

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

Trolls and Social Movement Participation: An Empirical Investigation

This research examines the impact of trolling behavior on individuals’ participation in social movements. Troll behavior that disrupts online discourse can mislead or influence users to stray away from the main thrust of the social movement. There have been very limited information systems studies on how trolls influence social ties in specific organizational and social contexts. Current troll research is limited to the technical aspects of identifying troll characteristics. We annotated 217,582 tweets on the Stand with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) movement by following a data dictionary approach and generated a word frequency for all the tweets to manually identify troll words. Researchers independently analyzed the tweets to label them based on troll characteristics. Our preliminary analysis of the troll tweet discussions elucidates the dynamics of trolls’ social influence in a social movement.