Social Computing

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Complete

Paper Number

1259

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Ideological groups, i.e., organizations articulating and promoting a set of values and beliefs, are adopting digital platforms to extend their reach. While many of these groups such as churches and civil rights groups are prosocial, others use the platforms to incite hate and violence. These groups often operate across several platforms. Such cross-platform messaging permits robust action, i.e., espousing diverse messages to different audiences. To understand the extent to which ideological groups pursue robust action, the costs of such action, and when and how groups undertake robust action, we conducted an inductive study of groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data. Our study sheds light on the prevalence and forms of robust action, its cognitive costs, and when and how groups pursue such action. From our findings, we distill implications for policy makers and for law enforcement.

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Robust Action in Cross-Platform Communication by Ideological Groups: The Dark Side of Digital Activism

Ideological groups, i.e., organizations articulating and promoting a set of values and beliefs, are adopting digital platforms to extend their reach. While many of these groups such as churches and civil rights groups are prosocial, others use the platforms to incite hate and violence. These groups often operate across several platforms. Such cross-platform messaging permits robust action, i.e., espousing diverse messages to different audiences. To understand the extent to which ideological groups pursue robust action, the costs of such action, and when and how groups undertake robust action, we conducted an inductive study of groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data. Our study sheds light on the prevalence and forms of robust action, its cognitive costs, and when and how groups pursue such action. From our findings, we distill implications for policy makers and for law enforcement.