New York Times: Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find

New York Times: Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find . “Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day. Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day. And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.”

UCLA: There’s a lot of hate in the world. UCLA’s scholars are asking why and what can be done

UCLA: There’s a lot of hate in the world. UCLA’s scholars are asking why and what can be done. “UCLA is launching the Initiative to Study Hate, an ambitious social impact project that brings together a broad consortium of scholars to understand and ultimately mitigate hate in its multiple forms. Supported by a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor, researchers will undertake 23 projects this year. The three-year pilot spans topics that examine the neurobiology of hate, the impact of social media hate speech on kids, the dehumanization of unhoused individuals, racial discrimination in health care settings and more.”

CNET: Twitch Launches Revamped Reporting Tool to Better Respond to ‘Hate Raids’

CNET: Twitch Launches Revamped Reporting Tool to Better Respond to ‘Hate Raids’. “Twitch is updating its reporting tool to make it easier for members to flag behavior that violates the platform’s standards. Launching next week, the feature’s ‘simpler, more intuitive design’ will allow users to cite the specific reason they are flagging content and include menus based on whether you’re reporting a VOD, clip or live content.”

USA Today: White supremacy, Nazi ideology still a big problem for Instagram

USA Today: White supremacy, Nazi ideology still a big problem for Instagram. “Despite taking significant steps to remove hateful content, hundreds of posts promoting dangerous white supremacist ideologies are still readily available on Instagram where they could radicalize unsuspecting users, new research shows. The Anti Defamation League’s Center on Extremism searched for terms on Instagram related to white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements, quickly uncovering hundreds of accounts sharing extremist propaganda.”

Sky News: Antisemitism, racism and white supremacist material in podcasts on Spotify, investigation finds

Sky News: Antisemitism, racism and white supremacist material in podcasts on Spotify, investigation finds . “The company said it does not allow hate content on its platform. But we found podcasts totalling several days’ worth of listening promoting extreme views such as scientific racism, Holocaust denial and far-right antisemitic conspiracy theories. And while some of the most shocking material was buried inside hours-long episodes, in some cases, explicit slurs could be found in episode titles and descriptions while album artwork displayed imagery adopted by white supremacists.”

Online hate speech rose 20% during pandemic: ‘We’ve normalised it’ (BBC)

BBC: Online hate speech rose 20% during pandemic: ‘We’ve normalised it’. “Online hate speech in the UK and US has risen by 20% since the start of the pandemic, according to a new report. Youth charity Ditch the Label commissioned the study, which analysed 263 million conversations in the UK and US, between 2019 and mid-2021. It found 50.1 million discussions about, or examples of, racist hate speech in that time.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic patient with swastika tattoo leaves Nor Cal doctor questioning his compassion

San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic patient with swastika tattoo leaves Nor Cal doctor questioning his compassion. “A Jewish doctor, a Black nurse and an Asian American respiratory therapist stood over the patient on the gurney in the emergency room. ‘Don’t let me die, doc,’ the man begged. As the man struggled to breathe, the swastika tattooed on his chest rose and fell with each gasp. Dr. Taylor Nichols promised the man he’d do his best.”

EurekAlert: Social media postings linked to hate crimes

EurekAlert: Social media postings linked to hate crimes. “A new paper in the Journal of the European Economic Association, published by Oxford University Press, explores the connection between social media and hate crimes. The researchers combined methods from applied microeconomics with text analysis tools to investigate how negative rhetoric about refugees on social media may have contributed to hate crimes against refugees in Germany between 2015 and 2017.”

CNN: Even TikTok has a white supremacy problem

CNN: Even TikTok has a white supremacy problem. “Nazis and white supremacists have been using TikTok to spread hate speech and recruit followers, the Anti-Defamation League said in a report Thursday. Extremists have used hashtags, captions and in some cases even manipulated video to spread their message, the ADL said. It found ‘dozens’ of accounts on TikTok that ‘use combinations of white supremacist symbols, terms and slogans as screen names or handles.’”

CNBC: A new theory describes how hate travels across social media platforms and around the world — and one researcher compares it to water boiling

CNBC: A new theory describes how hate travels across social media platforms and around the world — and one researcher compares it to water boiling. “In a new study mapping how hate travels across the online world, researchers explored how hate groups thrive on social media even when they are banned and offered new solutions to dismantle them.”

Western Washington University: Designers use Twitter to put “hatefluencers” between a rock and a kind place

Western Washington University: Designers use Twitter to put “hatefluencers” between a rock and a kind place. “Hate is one of the more popular topics on Twitter. It gathers more tweets and retweets than the MLB, the Grammys, the Super Bowl, and Game of Thrones. Now, Seattle design firm POSSIBLE has given Twitter users spreading hate a hard choice before they retweet a nasty, hateful nugget: don’t retweet – or retweet and send a donation to an anti-hate group. “