Online Gatekeepers of History: Yahoo! Answers Community Discussing Holocaust Denial

Alon Lazar, Tal Litvak Hirsch

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Scholarly attention has been directed to the spread and scope of online Q&A services, including the level of activity, types and messages and the social roles the members of these sites occupy. A content analysis was conducted of the answers supplied in response to questions aimed at identifying the reasons for Holocaust denial in Yahoo! Answers. The replies denoted the existence of two main opposing online socio-cultural roles adopted by these participants: online gatekeepers of history and online gatekeepers of pseudo-history. The activity levels of those filling these roles and the community's approval of their answers were also assessed. Future avenues of research regarding these two roles are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-296
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2013


  • Holocaust
  • Holocaust denial
  • Online communities
  • Online social roles
  • Q&A services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)


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