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Can we have healthy conversations online?

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Can we have healthy conversations online?

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You probably know the worst things best: trolling, disinformation, bickering that quickly turns political and spirals out of control. But conversations that take place on the Internet can also be civil and informative.

There’s the Vaccine Talk Facebook group, which uses a mix of rules and active moderation to create a culture of fact-based information sharing. There are forums on Reddit that cover hot topics while avoiding slurs. And Twitter recently spear a new product to support healthy conversations called “Communities”.

What can we learn from spaces where fruitful conversations take place? What are these groups doing that work so well? What can we understand from the civil dialogue of a drag queen?

In this Virtual Times event, Shira Ovid, who writes the subscriber-only On Tech newsletter, will explore the forces behind the internet’s healthiest communities and seek lessons in what makes them work. she will talk to Reddit co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman, as well as Kate Bilowitz, co-founder of Vaccine Talk. She will also speak to Latrice Royale, a former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, about how drag artists handle conversations in their often unruly communities.

Prior to the event, we’ll invite you to participate in our own healthy group chat experience.

This discussion is part of The Times’ Virtual Events Series for subscribers only.

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