Improving cyberbullying detection with user interaction

Suyu Ge, Lu Cheng, Huan Liu

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Abstract

Cyberbullying, identified as intended and repeated online bullying behavior, has become increasingly prevalent in the past few decades. Despite the significant progress made thus far, the focus of most existing work on cyberbullying detection lies in the independent content analysis of different comments within a social media session. We argue that such leading notions of analysis suffer from three key limitations: they overlook the temporal correlations among different comments; they only consider the content within a single comment rather than the topic coherence across comments; they remain generic and exploit limited interactions between social media users. In this work, we observe that user comments in the same session may be inherently related, e.g., discussing similar topics, and their interaction may evolve over time. We also show that modeling such topic coherence and temporal interaction are critical to capture the repetitive characteristics of bullying behavior, thus leading to better predicting performance. To achieve the goal, we first construct a unified temporal graph for each social media session. Drawing on recent advances in graph neural network, we then propose a principled graph-based approach for modeling the temporal dynamics and topic coherence throughout user interactions. We empirically evaluate the effectiveness of our approach with the tasks of session-level bullying detection and comment-level case study. Our code is released to public. 1

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Web Conference 2021 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages496-506
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383127
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 19 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event2021 World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2021 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: Apr 19 2021Apr 23 2021

Publication series

NameThe Web Conference 2021 - Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2021

Conference

Conference2021 World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2021
Country/TerritorySlovenia
CityLjubljana
Period4/19/214/23/21

Keywords

  • Cyberbullying Detection
  • Graph Attention Network
  • Temporal Dynamics
  • Topic Coherence
  • User Interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software

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