Tony Lin & Xiaoli Tian: How Online Debates Lead to Opinion Polarization

Why do online conversations often end in personal attacks and irrational arguments? This article examines how the technical layout of some online platforms shapes the way individuals engage in public debate online. To do so, the research studies an empirical case of how public debating on Weibo—China's equivalent to Twitter—leads to opinion polarization.

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Article DOI: doi.org/10.1002/symb.381
Contributed by: Tony Lin

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