#7 How Do You Handle the Downside of Crowds?

Crowds––They are double-edged. You also need to know how to protect yourself from any risks from unknown and unwanted sources.

Be prepared for people to say and do things you don’t like in your shared space. Do you know how you would respond? Is your platform or digital strategy being overtaken by a sub-group of users? How can you keep the nastiness out of crowds? Do you need moderators? Algorithms? Special functions? The goal is to keep your community open and democratic, and that also means protecting it from those who misuse that freedom and opportunity.

What It Can Look Like? 

This is Thin Privilege

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YOUTH RADIO INTERVIEW

"Set Boundaries"

Interview by Desmond Meagley

Q.How did you make sense of, and discuss with your supporters, attempts to undermine your message?

A. A controversial discussion on social media is bound to attract attention, even from people who disagree with your cause. Amanda Levitt is the co-moderator of Tumblr Blog thisisthinprivilege, and she's seen enough backlash on that blog to write her graduate thesis on it. Her research reveals how "troll" comments are essentially predictable, and she shares methods to manage the personal and political impact of anonymous hate within otherwise safe and supportive communities.

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