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The Geography Of Hate Speech On Twitter

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The map above shows the origins of hate speech, in particular the use of homophobic language used on Twitter.

A project by Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University is to map the locations of hate speech from around the country. Stephens and her team analyzed over 150,000 tweets and categorized the language used into three categories: homophobic, racist and disability. The interactive website allows users to look at the map of hate based on type of language and specific words used, such as faggot or cripple.

The project is similar to NoHomophobes.com. The site, created by University of Alberta, tracked the use of gay slurs on Twitter.

By:           Stacy Lambe
On:           May 12, 2013
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  • 13 Comments
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      You mean to tell me the states that have a higher population (other than California) actually have more people using hate speech. Maybe that is because they simply have more people in general. Who knew!

      May 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @tdx3fan: You need to learn to read maps. That’s not what it says at all!

      May 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc
      ouragannyc

      the map has no legend. How do we know what’s red and what’s blue?
      In case red is hate, I see some red coming out of New England…

      May 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @ouragannyc: I’ve seen this map elsewhere – red is the “intense” hate and blue is the less intense.

      Yes – Bangor, Maine. To the left I see that Great Red Spot in the Adirondacks of upstate NY (meth-head, toothless inbred hillbillies with Yankee accents). But oh dear, it seems to slop over into the oh-so-liberal PC ex-Republic of Vermont. Maybe we won’t drive to Montreal after all this summer!

      May 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • boring
      boring

      Holy fuck, the entire east side looks like Rush Limbaugh’s coronary angiogram, what the fuck, guys?

      May 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @ouragannyc: Have you ever considered following a link to see the complete picture? Doesn’t it strike you as odd that the mop above does not show the entire country?

      If you follow the link you will see the complete ma, which includes a legend to the colours and what they mean.

      May 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • doug105
      doug105

      For a truer account you need to zoom in Florida has almost when you look up close, but suddenly is covered with it as you zoom out.

      May 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • doug105
      doug105

      Has almost no red that is.

      May 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc
      ouragannyc

      @the other Greg:

      thanks, Greg.

      May 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ouragannyc
      ouragannyc

      @MikeE:
      Why u yelling papi?

      May 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wakeupscreaming
      wakeupscreaming

      I’d like to know what words they are tracking – and is it just English?
      The comment above me says it all – what if its homophobic spanish tweets? I live in Vancouver Canada, and we have a significant Chinese/indonesian/south Asian population. Many anti-gay measures come from them, but they wouldn’t even bother with English with their private tweets.

      May 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ricky
      Ricky

      Shocking. *Ahem*

      May 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jfabz
      jfabz

      Since data for this graph is merely data mined, it doesn’t discriminate hate speech from local vernacular. I mean, how many gays refer to themselves cheekily as queens, homos, etc… Same with the N-word.

      Also, the more you zoom in, you can see how localized these “hate” speeches actually occurred in.

      May 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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