Social Media and Digital Collaboration

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Complete

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2331

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Many large cities in the U.S. have a problem with violent crime, some of which is committed by gang affiliates who use social media platforms to express and quickly disseminate messages of loss and aggression. This research explored the feasibility of automatically ?nding gang-affiliated criminal signaling and examining the relationship between this signaling and daily crime. We found that several indicators point to credible aggression and loss in gang-affiliated tweets, including the number of followers and the frequency and speed of the retweets. Credible aggression, along with several other predictors such as weather and past crime instances, were positively associated with violent crime in the subsequent period. Knowledge of these indicators has theoretical importance for understanding credible social media posts and later interactive engagement and practical significance for communities in mitigating violent crime by finding criminal signals in the virtual space before actual crimes are committed in the physical space.

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Dec 14th, 12:00 AM

Detecting Violent Crime with Gang Social Media Postings

Many large cities in the U.S. have a problem with violent crime, some of which is committed by gang affiliates who use social media platforms to express and quickly disseminate messages of loss and aggression. This research explored the feasibility of automatically ?nding gang-affiliated criminal signaling and examining the relationship between this signaling and daily crime. We found that several indicators point to credible aggression and loss in gang-affiliated tweets, including the number of followers and the frequency and speed of the retweets. Credible aggression, along with several other predictors such as weather and past crime instances, were positively associated with violent crime in the subsequent period. Knowledge of these indicators has theoretical importance for understanding credible social media posts and later interactive engagement and practical significance for communities in mitigating violent crime by finding criminal signals in the virtual space before actual crimes are committed in the physical space.

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