Concentrations of homophobic, racist tweets mapped

twitter hatespeech map

The map highlights hate speech hotspots.

BY ALEXIS KLEINMAN
Huffington Post Gay Voices

A map created by geography students at Humboldt State University in California looks at more than 150,000 geocoded tweets (tweets that say where the user is located) between June 2012 and April 2013, sorting for those that contain a racist, homophobic or anti-disability word. The researchers then decided whether or not the tweet was using the word in a hateful way. A majority of hateful tweets seem to come from smaller towns and more rural areas. Some of the biggest spots for homophobic tweets are along the border of Oklahoma and Texas. There are a lot more racist tweets coming out of an area in the middle of North Dakota than in the larger city of Fargo, for example. Homophobic tweets have a wider spread across the nation than racist ones, which are coming from the southeastern portion of the country more than anywhere else.

The interactive map lets you zoom as far as the county level on the map to pinpoint which counties across the U.S. wrote the most hateful tweets. You can look at all hateful tweets, tweets by category, or just at specific words.

Read more at Huffington Post Gay Voices

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