Beyond Detection: Disinformation and the Amplification of Toxic Content in the Age of Social Media

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communications Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 293

Special Issue Editors

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Center for Research on the English speaking World, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, 75012 Paris, France
Interests: internet governance; uses of NICTs; online disinformation; media and information literacy

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Center for Social Analysis and Mathematics (CAMS), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales & Complex Systems Institute of Paris IdF, CNRS, 75006 Paris, France
Interests: computational social sciences; cognitive sciences; complex systems sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The MDPI journal Information is seeking submissions for a Special Issue on “Beyond Detection: Disinformation and the Amplification of Toxic Content in the Age of Social Media”.

The rise of disinformation and the amplification of toxic content (hate speech, polarization, harassment, etc.) on social media initially created a momentum for fighting such information disorders, with fact-checkers and debunkers in the frontline. Since then, the focus has shifted to re-inventing digital spaces to be immune to toxic content, with alternative tools, protocols and structures being developed (using blockchain, OSINT, etc.). The role of social media has also undergone much scrutiny, with the interest in social media analysis moving beyond Social Network Analysis (SNA) to include innovative methodologies to trace and monitor amplification phenomena, including via alternative social media. Such methods and tools are solutions aimed at fostering sound digital spaces that are safe from information disorders and opinion manipulation, intent on avoiding the amplification of toxic content.

This Special Issue aims to present the latest advances concerning social media analysis in the context of disinformation detection, platform design, and the mitigation of toxic content amplification. Articles using theoretical perspectives on the properties required for a digital environment to maintain sound information spaces are welcome, as are articles with innovative suggestions to reduce toxic content. Special attention will be paid to critical analyses that consider the dysfunctional organization of early social media platforms and open vistas on the design and implementation of information–sound spaces, their structures, and the actors that promote them. 

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social media and opinion mining;
  • Opinion dynamics;
  • Fake news amplification, detection, and fact-checking solutions;
  • Innovative tools, protocols and techniques for detecting online disinformation;
  • The design of sound information systems and how they are proffered to users;
  • Embedded algorithmic bias and toxic content;
  • Shaping/reshaping sound information spaces;
  • The impacts of recommender systems (including AI systems) on digital spaces and social groups;
  • Alternative social media infrastructure designs.

Prof. Dr. Divina Frau-Meigs
Dr. David Chavalarias
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • social media analysis
  • disinformation
  • fake news
  • amplification
  • fact-checking
  • toxic content
  • dis-amplification
  • detection tools and strategies

Published Papers

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