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Humanity corrupts networks, which are not inherently toxic.

A recent study published in Nature sheds light on the issue of online toxicity and its origins. The researchers analyzed over 500 million threads, messages, and conversations in English on eight platforms over 34 years, including Facebook, Reddit, Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube. The findings suggest that toxicity is not a result of the networks themselves but rather stems from human behavior.

Walter Quattrociocchi, a professor at Sapienza University in Rome and co-author of the study, believes that despite changes in networks and social norms over time, certain toxic behaviors persist in online discussions. This implies that toxicity is a natural outcome of online interactions. However, surprisingly, the study also revealed that toxicity does not necessarily deter participation on the platforms. User behavior in toxic and non-toxic conversations showed nearly identical patterns in terms of engagement.

The study highlights that human behavior contributes to online toxicity but does not mean that all online interactions are doomed to be toxic. Efforts to mitigate toxicity can still be effective in creating a more positive online environment. The findings could help social platforms moderate content to minimize toxic behavior and promote healthier discussions online.

In conclusion, while the public debate on social networks can be exhausting when discussions become heated, it is important to recognize that the platforms themselves are not responsible for the toxic environment that often arises in online interactions. Instead, it is up to humans to regulate their behavior and create a more positive online environment through efforts to mitigate toxicity.

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