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How Social Media Platforms Can Contribute to Dehumanization

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In a recent analysis of online communication on Facebook, researchers demonstrated how social media and an individual’s sense of identity can be used to dehumanize entire groups of people.

The study looked at the breakdown of communication between Facebook users with opposing political viewpoints. The findings, published in the journal Social Media + Society, suggest the need to foster more healthy communication online. “Fundamentally, we wanted to examine how online platforms can normalize hatred and contribute to dehumanization,” said Dr.

Jessica Jameson, co-author of a paper on the work and a professor of communication at North Carolina State University. “And we found that an established model of the role identity plays in intractable

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