Content Moderation and Online Behavior

Last registered on September 13, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Content Moderation and Online Behavior
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005131
Initial registration date
June 28, 2021
Last updated
September 13, 2021, 4:41 PM EDT

Locations

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Chicago

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-06-29
End date
2022-01-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
I conduct a natural field experiment that leverages a feature that allows Twitter users to report content that violates the terms of service. I gather a daily sample of users that post hate speech and randomly report half of them for violating the rules against hateful conduct. The main outcomes of interest correspond to the time spent on the platform, the type of content posted and spillovers to other users.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Jimenez Duran, Rafael J. 2021. "Content Moderation and Online Behavior." AEA RCT Registry. September 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5131-1.1
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
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Intervention Start Date
2021-06-30
Intervention End Date
2021-08-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
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Primary Outcomes (explanation)
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Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
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Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Computer randomization
Randomization Unit
Individuals
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
6,000 users
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
3,000 treatment 3,000 control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Social & Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board at the University of Chicago
IRB Approval Date
2018-12-13
IRB Approval Number
IRB18-1586
Analysis Plan

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