The communicative features of online hate in temporary social networks in Twitter and YouTube

  • Kirby America University of the Western Cape
Keywords: Social media, Facebook, Anonymity, Privacy, Communication


In recent years, communicating with others online has grown exponentially and social networking sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have now become popular forms of communication, especially among the youth. In social networking, communication mostly occurs within the public domain. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, stated that ‘privacy was no longer a social norm’ (Johnson, 2010). If you sign up to any social networking site, it is expected of you to share information within the public domain. Why else would you have a Facebook account? Zuckerberg goes on to state that ‘people have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people…’ (The Guardian, 2010).

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