It’s easy to get angry online.
But how do you prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a hate crime?
And what if the internet is your friend?
That’s what a research team from the University of Michigan has found, using online chat rooms, video chats and email to study online hate crime.
They found that in some cases, people who were the targets of hate crimes used the chatrooms to try to manipulate others.
They would often say things like, “I hate you because you’re gay,” or “I’m so mad because you don’t know me.”
The group of people would then try to blame each other for the incident.
The researchers found that some people even tried to recruit others to do the same.
The tactic worked well for some victims, but not for others.
“If we can find a common thread that allows the victim to engage in online manipulation of others, we can identify ways to reduce hate crimes and prevent further violence against LGBT people,” said the study’s lead author, Daniel L. Ziemba.
Ziemba’s group was the first to use a data-mining approach to analyze hate crimes.
The approach, which was developed in the wake of the deadly attacks on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June, is based on a model called “network analysis,” which uses social networks and other data to understand how groups interact.
The researchers studied online hate crimes against LGBT individuals across the United States and identified the types of people who would be targeted by such hate crimes, their relationships to hate groups and their motivations.
The data was then used to create a hate map that shows the geographic distribution of hate attacks across the U.S.
In their study, Ziembas and his colleagues also examined how hate crimes were handled.
They found that while people who used online chatrooms were less likely to receive hate mail and online attacks, people with similar relationships to online hate groups were more likely to be targeted.
Zielba said the findings suggest that social networks are an effective way to prevent online hate.
But it’s important to note that this research does not prove that groups should be banned entirely, Zielba told ABC News.
“There are a lot of things we could be doing differently, such as increasing the amount of social network diversity, to help identify the patterns of hate,” he said.
“But I think the important takeaway is that social media has been used to amplify hate.
We need to be careful not to overdo it.”
Zielbaum said there are many ways to fight hate online.
He suggested that organizations, businesses and even governments should create and implement tools that make it harder for hate groups to organize online.
The study was published online in the journal CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.