Program Hopes To Use Students' Tweets to Curb Bullying

By: Isabella Jaye

The program’s algorithm is sophisticated enough not only to spot bullying-related tweets, but also to help pinpoint whether the tweet comes from the bully, the victim, or a passive bystander. From predicting epidemics to cutting down on crime, researchers are focused on turning Twitter, the second most popular social network, into a force for good. 

Computer science experts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison have pioneered a way to use social networking to help identify incidences of bullying. They have found that while victims are often hesitant to report the harassment to school officials, both victims and the bullies themselves often turn to Twitter to discuss the incidents.

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