Publications


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2022

Max Aliapoulios, Antonis Papasavva, Cameron Ballard, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, and Jeremy Blackburn
The Gospel According to Q: Understanding the QAnon Conspiracy from the Perspective of Canonical Information
16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022)
pre-print
Media coverage: NewScientist, The Queen’s Journal

Kostantinos Papadamou, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, and Michael Sirivianos
“It is just a flu”: Assessing the Effect of Watch History on YouTube’s Pseudoscientific Video Recommendations
16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022)
pre-print

2021

Anaobi Ishaku, Igancio Castro, Aravindh Raman, Haris Bin Zia, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nishanth Sastry, Gareth Tyson
Exploring Content Moderation in the Decentralised Web: The Pleroma Case
17th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (ACM CoNext 2021)
pre-print

Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Shagun Jhaver, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Robert West
Does Platform Migration Compromise Content Moderation? Evidence from r/The_Donald and r/Incels
24th ACM Conference On Computer Supported Cooperative Work And Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
honorable mention
pdf
Media coverage: Washington Post, NBC News, TIME, The Conversation, El Pais, The Brink

Periwinkle Doerfler, Andrea Forte, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn, and Damon McCoy
“I’m a Professor, which isn’t usually a dangerous job”: Internet-Facilitated Harassment and its Impact on Researchers
24th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
impact recognition award
pdf

Kostantinos Papadamou, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Michael Sirivianos
“How Over Is It? Understanding The Incel Community On YouTube”
24th ACM Conference On Computer Supported Cooperative Work And Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pre-print

Chen Ling, Ihab AbuHilal, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Savvas Zannettou, and Gianluca Stringhini
Dissecting the Meme Magic: Understanding Indicators of Virality in Image Memes
24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pdf
media coverage Input Magazine

Seunghyun Kim, Afsaneh Razi, Gianluca Stringhini, Pamela Wisniewski, and Munmum De Chowdhury
A Human-Centered Systematic Literature Review of Cyberbullying Detection Algorithms
24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pdf

Afsaneh Razi, Seunghyun Kim, Ashwaq Soubai, Gianluca Stringhini, Thamar Solorio, Munmum De Chowdhury, and Pamela Wisniewski
A Human-Centered Systematic Literature Review of the Computational Approaches for Online Sexual Risk Detection
24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou
“I Won the Election!”: An Empirical Analysis of Soft Moderation Interventions on Twitter
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pdf
Media coverage: The Atlantic

Max Aliapoulios, Emmi Bevensee, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stinghini, and Savvas Zannettou
A Large Open Dataset from the Parler Social Network
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pdf
Media coverage: USA Today, The Conversation, Business Insider-1, Business Insider-2

Jeremiah Onaolapo, Nektarios Leontiadis, Despoina Magka, Gianluca Stringhini
SocialHEISTing: Understanding Stolen Facebook Accounts
30th USENIX Security Symposium (Usenix Security 2021)
pdf

Chen Ling, Ihab AbuHilal, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Savvas Zannettou, Gianluca Stringhini
Dissecting the Meme Magic: Understanding Indicators of Virality in Image Memes
24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pre-print
Media coverage: INPUT, BU Today

Antonis Papasavva, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, Emiliano De Cristofaro
“Is it a Qoincidence?”: An Exploratory Study of QAnon on Voat
30th The Web Conference (WWW 2021)
pre-print video
Media coverage: Wired, Echosec, The Daily Beast, openDemocracy, CARR

Fatemeh Tahmasbi, Leonard Schild, Chen Ling, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini, Yang Zhang, Savvas Zannettou
“Go eat a bat, Chang!”: An Early Look on the Emergence of Sinophobic Behavior on Web Communities in the Face of COVID-19
30th The Web Conference (WWW 2021)
pre-print
Media coverage: Washington Post-1, Washington Post-2

Chen Ling, Utkucan Balcı, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini
A First Look at Zoombombing
42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P 2021)
pre-print
Media coverage: Inside Higher Ed, arsTECHNICA, Wired, NewScientist, The Register

Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Jeremy Blackburn, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro Gianluca Stringhini, Summer Long, Stephanie Greenberg, Savvas Zannettou
The Evolution of the Manosphere Across the Web
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pre-print
Media coverage: Newsweek, MIT Tech, Daily Mail, The Conversation, NDR

Yuping Wang, Fatemeh Tahmasbi, Jeremy Blackburn, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, David Magerman, Savvas Zannettou, Gianluca Stringhini
Understanding the Use of Fauxtography on Social Media
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pdf

Kurt Thomas, Devdatta Akhawe, Michael Bailey, Dan Boneh, Elie Bursztein, Sunny Consolvo, Nicola Dell, Zakir Durumeric, Patrick Gage Kelley, Deepak Kumar, Damon McCoy, Sarah Meiklejohn, Thomas Ristenpart, Gianluca Stringhini
SoK: Hate, Harassment, and the Changing Landscape of Online Abuse
42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P 2021)
pdf

2020

Mohamad Hoseini, Philipe Melo, Manoel Júnior, Fabrício Benevenuto, Balakrishnan Chandrasekaran, Anja Feldmann, Savvas Zannettou
Demystifying the Messaging Platforms’ Ecosystem Through the Lens of Twitter
20th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2020)
pdf

Erik Rye, Jeremy Blackburn, Robert Beverly
Reading In-Between the Lines: An Analysis of Dissenter
20th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2020)
pdf
Media coverage: The Conversation

Jason Baumgartner, Savvas Zannettou, Brian Keegan, Megan Squire, Jeremy Blackburn
The Pushshift Reddit Dataset
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf video

Jason Baumgartner, Savvas Zannettou, Megan Squire, Jeremy Blackburn
The Pushshift Telegram Dataset
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf video
Media coverage: The Conversation

Antonis Papasavva, Savvas Zannettou, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
Raiders of the Lost Kek: 3.5 Years of Augmented 4chan Posts from the Politically Incorrect Board
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf video

Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Characterizing the Use of Images in State-Sponsored Information Warfare Operations by Russian Trolls on Twitter
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf video

Savvas Zannettou, Joel Finkelstein, Barry Bradlyn, and Jeremy Blackburn
A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020) best paper runner-up pdf video
Media coverage: Washington Post

Alexandros Mittos, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, and Emiliano De Cristofaro
“And We Will Fight For Our Race! A Measurement Study of Genetic Testing Conversations on Reddit and 4chan
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
full version video
Media coverage: The Times, StatNews

Kostantinos Papadamou, Antonis Papasavva, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Gianluca Stringhini, and Michael Sirivianos
Disturbed YouTube for Kids: Characterizing and Detecting Disturbing Content on YouTube
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020) best paper runner-up pdf video
Media coverage: Washington Post, New York Times

2019

Enrico Mariconti, Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Jordi Luque Serrano, and Gianluca Stringhini
“You Know What to Do”: Proactive Detection of YouTube Videos Targeted by Coordinated Hate Attacks
22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2019)
pdf
Media coverage: TechRepublic

Aravindh Raman, Sagar Joglekar, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nishanth Sastry, Gareth Tyson
Challenges in the Decentralized Web: The Mastodon Case
19th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2019)
pdf video
Media coverage: The Conversation

Despoina Chatzakou, Ilias Leontiadis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali, and Nicolas Kourtellis
Detecting Cyberbullying and Cyberaggression in Social Media
ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB), Vol. 13, No. 3, 2019
pdf
Media coverage: The Register, BBC, NewsBusters, SkyNews

Antigoni Maria Founta, Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Athena Vakali, and Ilias Leontiadis
A Unified Deep Learning Architecture for Abuse Detection
10th International ACM Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci 2019)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, William Setzer, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Who Let The Trolls Out? Towards Understanding State-Sponsored Trolls
10th International ACM Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci 2019)
pdf
Media coverage: TechXplore

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Disinformation Warfare: Understanding State-Sponsored Trolls on Twitter & Their Influence on the Web
4th WebConf Workshop on Computational Methods in CyberSafety, Online Harassment, and Misinformation (CyberSafety 2019) best paper award pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Michael Sirivianos, Jeremy Blackburn, and Nicolas Kourtellis
The Web of False Information: Rumors, Fake News, Hoaxes, Clickbait, and Various Other Shenanigans
Journal of Data and Information Quality (JDIQ), Vol. 11, No. 3, 2019
pdf

2018

Juan Echeverria, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Gianluca Stringhini, Shi Zhou
LOBO – Evaluation of Generalization Deficiencies in Twitter Bot Classifiers
34th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2018)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil
On the Origins of Memes by Means of Fringe Web Communities
18th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2018) distinguished paper award
pdf code
Media coverage: BBC TrendingBBC NewsMIT Technology ReviewCBS NewsThe IndependentVICEBusiness InsiderThe Daily DotQuartzMotherJonesInfoWarsThinkprogressIflscienceHornetBellingcat, El Pais (in Spanish)

Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini
Understanding Web Archiving Services and Their (Mis)Use on Social Media
12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2018)
full version

Antigoni Maria Founta, Constantinos Djouvas, Despoina Chatzakou, Ilias Leontiadis, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali, Michael Sirivianos, and Nicolas Kourtellis
Large Scale Crowdsourcing and Characterization of Twitter Abusive Behavior
12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2018)
full version

Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Haewoon Kwak, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
What is Gab? A Bastion of Free Speech or an Alt-Right Echo Chamber?
3rd WWW Workshop on Computational Methods for CyberSafety (CyberSafety 2018)
pdf
Media coverage: NBC News, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Vox, Wired, The Conversation, openDemocracy, CARR

2017

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, N. Kourtellis, I. Leontiadis, M. Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
The Web Centipede: Understanding How Web Communities Influence Each Other Through the Lens of Mainstream and Alternative News Sources
17th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2017)
pdf blog
Media coverage: NatureThe AtlanticLa Repubblica (in Italian)Ansa (in Italian)Sky NewsHacker NewsBoingBoingPhys.orgNaked Security

Muhammad Ikram, Lucky Onwuzurike, Shehroze Farooqi, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, M. Zubair Shafiq
Measuring, Characterizing, and Detecting Facebook Like Farms
ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, Vol. 20, No. 4 (ACM TOPS 2017)

Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali
Mean Birds: Detecting Aggression and Bullying on Twitter
9th International ACM Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci 2017), also appeared as a poster at WWW 2017
pdf

Gabriel Hine, Jeremiah Onaolapo, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
Kek, Cucks, and God Emperor Trump: A Measurement Study of 4chan’s Politically Incorrect Forum and Its Effects on the Web
11th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2017) best paper runner-up
full version blog
Media coverage: NatureMotherboardThe IndependentThe ConversationMIT Technology ReviewViceLa Stampa (in Italian)La Repubblica (in Italian)BoingBoingPacific Standard

Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali
Hate is not binary: Studying abusive behavior of #GamerGate on Twitter
28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (ACM HyperText 2017)
pdf

Shehroze Farooqi, Muhammad Ikram, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, M. Zubair Shafiq, Fareed Zaffar
Characterizing Key Stakeholders in an Online Black-Hat Marketplace
12th IEEE/APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2017)
pdf

Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali
Measuring #GamerGate: A Tale of Hate, Sexism, and Bullying
2nd WWW Workshop on Computational Methods for CyberSafety (CyberSafety 2017)
pdf