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The Evolution of the Manosphere Across the Web

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Zannettou,  Savvas
Internet Architecture, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

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Horta Ribeiro, M., Blackburn, J., Bradlyn, B., De Cristofaro, E., Stringhini, G., Long, S., et al. (2020). The Evolution of the Manosphere Across the Web. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.07600.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-89A7-2
Abstract
In this paper, we present a large-scale characterization of the Manosphere, a conglomerate of Web-based misogynist movements roughly focused on "men's issues," which has seen significant growth over the past years. We do so by gathering and analyzing 28.8M posts from 6 forums and 51 subreddits. Overall, we paint a comprehensive picture of the evolution of the Manosphere on the Web, showing the links between its different communities over the years. We find that milder and older communities, such as Pick Up Artists and Men's Rights Activists, are giving way to more extremist ones like Incels and Men Going Their Own Way, with a substantial migration of active users. Moreover, our analysis suggests that these newer communities are more toxic and misogynistic than the former.