Hate speech surged on Twitter during first week under Musk’s ownership: report

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11/12/2022

Hate speech surged during the first week of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s ownership of Twitter, according to a new report released by the Center for Countering Digital Hate. Social media analytics tool Brandwatch documented that during the week of Oct. 31, the social media platform saw significantly higher numbers of slurs referring to people in the Black, Jewish and LGBT communities, among others. Uses of a slur to describe Black people tripled the 2022 average on the platform during the first week of Musk’s leadership. A slur describing transgender people increased by 53 percent, a slur to describe gay people increased by 39 percent and a slur to describe Jewish people increased by 23 percent compared to their 2022 averages on the platform.

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