Daniel Halliday
Sep 5 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

What can be done about deteriorating Netiquette?

Netiquette is a portmanteau of network/Internet and etiquette, and involves a set of guidelines that are deemed as acceptable/unacceptable behaviour on the Internet. The Internet is seen by some as a separate anonymous world, but as more and more of our lives are played out through or with the Internet the need for an understanding of common courtesy will become more important in the online world as time moves on. As the Internet is currently gripped by hateful abusive communication that is having a negative effect on the real world, both encouraging extremism and affecting public discourse and the online social environment, what can be done to improve netiquette?
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Take away anonymity

Issues surrounding the use of social media and online communications go far beyond netiquette, with issues such as hacking, disinformation and bot farming harming political processes and societies around the world. The overriding inevitable solution here has to involve the loss of online anonymity, in order to make all parties fully accountable for their actions, and to facilitate the unravelling of misinformation on the Internet. Until reliable AI moderation is possible it is unethical to expect humans to moderate extreme content, removing anonymity would force most people to consider what they are uploading online and would aid the policing of illegal, defamatory or dangerous content online then people do not.

tech.co/news/new-pew-report-internet-getting-worse-2017-03

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Address the problems and provide alternatives

The issues at play here are complex, however some parsing of problems needs to occur, one separation needed is the underlying social reasons behind such behaviour and the distinct problem of design faults in the platforms that intensify such problems. At some we need to take into account the reality of a near complete lack of mental healthcare funding in most countries around the world, and how this is exacerbating many social and societal problems across the globe, which plays a very large role in what is occurring online. But before addressing the underlying mental health problems at play, it would be worthwhile recognising and dealing with the limitations in certain social media platforms. While things like ‘trolling’ or online harassment may be a user-generated problem, online ‘echo chambers’ are arguably generated by the platforms themselves and would be much easier to solve if companies were correctly incentivised.

psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-online-secrets/201409/internet-trolls-are-narcissists-psychopaths-and-sadists thenation.com/article/mental-illness-is-a-global-crisis cnet.com/news/twitter-echo-chambers-are-very-real-claims-study

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