Abstract

Sexual abuse – a highly stigmatized topic in the society has spurred a revolution in the recent days especially through the shared posts on social media platforms via attaching the hashtag #metoo. Individuals from different backgrounds and ethnicities began sharing on the online venues about their personal experiences of getting sexually assaulted. This paper makes an initial attempt to asses the public reactions and emotions by utilizing the publicly shared #metoo posts by performing a comparative analysis of the tweets shared on Twitter as well as on Reddit. Though nearly equal ratios of negative and positive posts are shared on both platforms, Reddit posts are focused on the sexual assaults within families and workplaces while Twitter posts are on showing empathy and encouraging others to continue the #metoo movement. The data collected in this research helps in the preliminary analysis of the user engagement, discussion topics, word connotations and sentiment with respect to the #metoo movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling - 11th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS 2018, Proceedings
EditorsHalil Bisgin, Robert Thomson, Ayaz Hyder, Christopher Dancy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages104-110
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319933719
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event11th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction conference and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, SBP-BRiMS 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2018Jul 13 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10899 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other11th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction conference and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, SBP-BRiMS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period7/10/187/13/18

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Manikonda, L., Beigi, G., Kambhampati, S., & Liu, H. (2018). #metoo through the lens of social media. In H. Bisgin, R. Thomson, A. Hyder, & C. Dancy (Eds.), Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling - 11th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS 2018, Proceedings (pp. 104-110). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10899 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93372-6_13