10,000 Slurs Tweeted a Day, Study Says

Report says that many of the tweets may not be derogatory.

Posted: 02/14/2014 10:07 AM EST
Filed Under Global News, Racism, Twitter

10,000 Racial Slurs Tweeted A Day, Study Says

Some 10,000 messages tweeted in the English-language every day from around the globe contain what can be considered as offensive language, according to a new report by the UK-based think tank Demos. This includes racial, religious and ethnic slurs. 


Seventy percent of those tweets were used in a non-offensive, non-abusive manner that expressed in-group solidarity. Few tweets containing slurs, between 500 to 2,000 a day, were actually directed at an individual in an abusive manner.

The report suggests that some slurs were appropriated by the targets of the slurs and used without showing contempt or to hurt. The most common terms used in order of frequency include, "white boy," "Paki," "Whitey," "Pikey," "Coon," "n---a," and "Spic." 

"While there are a lot of racial slurs being used on Twitter, the overwhelming majority of them are not used in an obviously prejudicial or hateful way," Jamie Bartlett, Director of CASM at Demos said, according to the Daily Mail. She continued that this makes it difficult to determine what people's intentions are behind their tweets.

"Context is king, and often it’s more or less lost on Twitter," she continued.


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