Title The Effect of Social Norm Promotion on Online Harassers
Post date 05/20/2015
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale "I conduct an experiment which examines the impact of group norm promotion and social sanctioning on online harassment and other manifestations of prejudice. I collect a sample of Twitter users who have harassed other users and use accounts I control to sanction the users engaging in harassing behavior. By varying the identity of the bots that I control, I test theories about social norm promotion and the effects of network diversity. Novel contributions to the literature on prejudice reduction include real-world measures of prejudice and the ability to continuously measure treatment effects over an indefinite time horizon."
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? "1) The ranking of the magnitudes of the decrease in harassment will be: In-Group/High-Status> In-Group/Low-Status = Out-Group/High-Status > Out-Group/Low-Status = Control. 2) The magnitude of the decrease in harassment will be larger for subjects in Experiment 1 (for racist harassers) than in Experiment 2 (for sexist harassers). 3) The magnitude of the decrease in harassment will positively covary with the proportion of women in a subject's network for subjects exposed to anti-misogynist treatments but not for those exposed to anti-anti-black treatments. 4) The magnitude of the decrease in harassment will positively covary with the subject's Anonymity Score (negatively covary with the amount of identifying information on their Twitter account). 5) The aggregate amount of harassment engaged in by the subjects' followers will decrease; this will only be true among the followers of subjects who do in fact change their behavior. "
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * Difference-in-Means tests.
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C5 Scale (# of Units) not provided by authors
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? No
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? I have submitted an IRB proposal and have been through several rounds of back and forth; I expect to have approval within a week, and certainly will not conduct any research until I have it.
C8 IRB Number not provided by authors
C9 Date of IRB Approval not provided by authors
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors