Online, Anonymous, and Rude?

One of the most prominent features of online platforms is that they allow individuals to comment on media content. Media users jump at the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions about online newspaper articles, blogs, and other online content. However, this regularly leads to sections full of hateful messages in which commenters insult not only the creator(s) of the content and the people that are discussed in it, but also each other. Keeping comments sections free from offensive content requires a lot of work, and it has even led platforms to close down their comments sections. Why do some people tend to be so mean when they comment on things online? Could it be that people ignore

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