10,000 Racial Slurs Are Tweeted Each Day

And that's only counting the ones in English!

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According to a new study by think tank Demos, 10,000 tweets containing a racial slur of some sort are posted on Twitter every day. To arrive at that figure, the group’s social media unit analyzed a whopping 126,975 English-language tweets from around the globe over a 9-day period last November.

It’s not all bad news though. As many as 70 percent of tweets containing racial epithets use them in a “non-derogatory fashion — often to describe themselves or their own community” in a way that might express group solidarity or “re-claim” slurs. Only one percent used them as part of a political statement or call to action.

The U.K.-based study comes only a few months after Twitter rolled out the “report abuse” button in August. Researchers who conducted the study found that as few as 500 tweets a day directed abuse towards another person.

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2 comments
roger
roger

As distasteful as such slurs are, we should do nothing about them. They are protected by our Constitution's First Amendment. We have freedom of speech, with very few limitations, even if the speech praises Hitler, slurs our friends and relatives, or advocates political systems that do not allow such freedoms.


Thank God for freedom of speech. And God spare us from political correctness, which has eaten away at our basic freedoms, stopped our critical thinking, and limited our capacity to be discerning in the worst way.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

TIME Magazine must have put Eliana Dockterman under an excruciatingly tight deadline....that's the only possible reason for why this article's content is so laughably poor:


1) Demos (the article's source) only analyzed 126K English-language tweets over 9 days (or, 14K per day).  Given that an average of 58 million tweets are sent per day (http://www.statisticbrain.com/twitter-statistics/), that 14K/day figure does not even come close to a representative figure.


2) How exactly did Demos determine that "up to 70%" of the 10K racist tweets (or, up to 7K) are of a non-derogatory fashion?  Perhaps the person receiving the tweet would not divulge whether he was offended, distraught, or personally 'put off.'  


3) Following that, was any research done into whether the racist tweeters were repeat offenders, or just one-time racists?  


Ultimately, as with all "blog-post" type articles, this one actually raises more questions than it answers.