It’s no shock that there are lot of thumb thugs who like to use their 140 characters to spread hate speech.
Humboldt University Students And Professors Map Most Racist Twitter States
Here on the data team, we tend to be skeptical about the accuracy of semantic analysis. But the students and professors at Humboldt State University who produced this map read the entirety of the 150,000 geo-coded tweets they analysed.
Using humans rather than machines means that this research was able to avoid the basic pitfall of most semantic analysis where a tweet stating ‘the word homo is unacceptable’ would still be classed as hate speech. The data has also been ‘normalised’, meaning that the scale accounts for the total twitter traffic in each county so that the final result is something that shows the frequency of hateful words on Twitter. The only question that remains is whether the views of US Twitter users can be a reliable indication of the views of US citizens.
Looks like all the racist and homophobic tweeters are on the midwest, south, and east coast. Maybe that legalized medical kush has folks on the west coast rolling up purp and tweeting in unity and peace.
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