Lindsay Blackwell

UX Researcher

I am a researcher on Facebook’s Community Integrity team. Our mission is to minimize bad experiences for people on Facebook. We conduct rigorous, ethical research on the definition and application of our community standards to build safe, inclusive experiences.

I research ways to detect, prevent, and sanction online harassment and hate speech using a variety of methods (mostly qualitative methods, though I also enjoy designing surveys and experiments). I’m 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. I also support our machine learning team by building research-based labeling taxonomies to generate training sets for supervised learning models.

I am currently finishing my PhD at the University of Michigan School of Information. My dissertation investigates ways to improve online moderation tools and practices using theories of criminal justice.


Harassment, hate speech, online communities, moderation, justice, fairness, transparency

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Latest Publications

CSCW - November 9, 2019

Harassment in Social Virtual Reality: Challenges for Platform Governance

Lindsay Blackwell, Nicole Ellison, Natasha Elliott-Deflo, Raz Schwartz

ICWSM - June 12, 2019

“I just want to feel safe”: A Diary Study of Safety Perceptions on Social Media

Elissa M. Redmiles, Jessica Bodford, Lindsay Blackwell

IEEEVR - March 28, 2019

Harassment in Social VR: Implications for Design

Lindsay Blackwell, Nicole Ellison, Natasha Elliott-Deflo, Raz Schwartz