Lindsay Blackwell is a researcher on Facebook’s Community Integrity team, who work to minimize bad experiences for people on Facebook. They conduct rigorous, ethical research on the definition and application of Facebook’s community standards to build safe, inclusive experiences.
Lindsay researches ways to detect, prevent, and sanction online harassment and hate speech using a variety of methods. She is particularly interested in what motivates people to engage in abusive behaviors online, as well as how technology can better support people who are vulnerable to online harm. She also supports Facebook’s machine learning team by building research-based labeling taxonomies to generate training sets for supervised learning models.
Lindsay is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her dissertation investigates ways to improve online moderation tools and practices using theories of criminal justice.
Keywords: online harassment, hate speech, cyberbullying, facebook, online communities, social media, online harassers, trolls, tech policy, community standards, community moderation