Study Finds 10,000 Slurs a Day Posted on Twitter

Mark Prigg, Daily Mail (London), February 13, 2014

10,000 racist tweets are sent ever day, a major new study into racism on social networks has discovered.

Research by the think tank Demos found the biggest insult was ‘white boy’.

Researchers analysed 126,975 English-language tweets from across the globe over a 9-day period in the biggest ever study of Twitter racism.

Researchers revealed the most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey’ and ‘pikey’.

However, as many as 70% of tweets using such language were deemed to be using slurs in non-derogatory fashion.

‘This sparks the debate about the extent to which Twitter truly is a platform for racism and abusive language,’ the report claims.

Jamie Bartlett, Director of CASM at Demos and author of the report, said: ’Twitter provides us with a remarkable window into how people talk, argue, debate, and discuss issues of the day.

‘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.

‘This study shows just how difficult it is to know what people really mean on the basis of a tweet.

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

Of the 126,975 English-language tweets from across the globe, further analysis suggests only 1% of tweets used a racial slur in an ideological context within a political statement or in a call to action in the real world.

Analysis found that as few as 500 tweets a day were directed at an individual and appeared on first sight to be abusive.

‘There were very few cases that presented an imminent threat of violence, or where individuals directly or indirectly incited offline violent action,’ the report’s authors said.

‘We estimate that, at the very most, fewer than 100 tweets are sent each day which might be interpreted as threatening any kind of violence or offline action.’

A Twitter spokesperson told MailOnline ’It’s important to know that Twitter does not screen content or remove potentially offensive content.’

‘Our Twitter Rules outline content boundaries on the platform.

‘Targeted abuse and specific threats of violence are violations of our rules, and users can report this type of content from within the Twitter application or at this link on our website.

‘Twitter is a social broadcast network that enables people and organizations to publicly share brief messages instantly around the world. This brings a variety of users with different voices, ideas and perspectives.

‘Users are allowed to post content, including potentially inflammatory content, as long as they’re not violating the Twitter Rules.’

The Anti-Social Media report estimates between 50-70% of tweets were used to express in-group solidarity with ‘re-claimed’ slurs used within ethnic groups.

It cites ‘P**i’ as one term becoming appropriated by users identifying themselves of Pakistani descent.

Last year also saw much debate over use of the term ‘Yid army’ by supporters of Tottenham Hotspur, a British football club with a strong historical connection to London’s Jewish community, to describe themselves.

In December, UK Labour MP Jack Dromey also caused uproar by referring to his postman as ‘Pikey’ in a tweet.

Dromey responded to criticism by explaining that the nickname derived from Corporal Pike, a character in TV show Dad’s Army, demonstrating the potential for racial slurs deemed offensive to be intended non-offensively.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “Researchers revealed the most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey’ and ‘pikey’.
    However, as many as 70% of tweets using such language were deemed to be using slurs in non-derogatory fashion.”

    Well, of COURSE NOT. Everybody knows trashing Whites is a perfectly acceptable method of discourse.

    • ncpride

      That’s what I gathered from this. It’s just White people, so really no big deal. Had they reported negro, or any other variation of that word was used the most, it would be a humanitarian crisis. So typical.

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes, when people talk about this report and are forced to admit that ‘white boy’ is the most common slur, they will add that it was used in a non-derogatory fashion.

      (Disqus is allowing bold text again I see).

      • Erasmus

        We’re not offended by the term “white boy.” The ability to maintain perspective is one of the many blessings of having an IQ higher than a warm Spring day.

        • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

          Nothing a negro could call me would offend me in the slightest; it’s just noise. I am also not offended when dogs bark at me.

          I know exactly what I really am.

  • Erasmus

    Any comment yet from Eric “My people” Holder?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      He should drop in at chimpout.

  • sbuffalonative

    When these finding are more widely reported, there will be one thing omitted. That the most common slur is ‘white boy’. This report will be used to make it appear that ‘White Racism’ is rampant. Watch for it.

  • capnmorgan5150

    Twitter be racist!!!

  • DLRisVH

    “Researchers revealed the most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey’ and ‘pikey’.

    However, as many as 70% of tweets using such language were deemed to be using slurs in non-derogatory fashion.”

    “Racial slurs being used in a non-derogatory fashion”, am I reading this correctly?

    • So CAL Snowman

      I guess the “Redskins” team name is not a racial slur after all because it’s being used in a non-derogatory fashion.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Researchers revealed the most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey’ and ‘pikey’.”

    “However, as many as 70% of tweets using such language were deemed to be using slurs in non-derogatory fashion.”

    “This sparks the debate about the extent to which Twitter truly is a platform for racism and abusive language,’ the report claims.”

    “‘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.”

    “‘Context is king, and often it’s more or less lost on Twitter.’”

    Just look at the litany of excuses given by the establishment as to why racial slurs against Whites are perfectly acceptable. Sickening. Freedom Failed.

    • me

      ‘White boy’ is a g-dam compliment! If that’s the best that the dusky races can come up with, well….FAIL, as usual.

      • Lagerstrom

        Jayzuz! I’d rather look at ‘yours truly’ in the mirror everyday that this monstrosity. Oh, and by the way Mr Cent, even though I’m way lower on the income scale than you, I’d still rather be me than you.

  • Berkeley Guy

    When is a slur non-derogatory? When is a raven like a writing desk?

  • BonV.Vant

    This is horrible, we really must do something about this, the number is way too low.

  • r j p

    How is “White Boy” an insult?
    I wear that description with pride.

    • BonV.Vant

      It isn’t, but it is the best they can come up with. All it can convey is hostility born of envy. They know white is superior, but they are telling you they resent whites.

      • r j p

        Maybe the term “White Boy” is being used in statements like “Lets knock out king dat White Boy and steal his phone” so then it becomes a slur.

    • 1stworlder

      Chris Lane’s murderer bragged about knockout gaming 5 white boys, before he killed him.

    • LACountyRedneck

      I respect your opinion on this. Personally, I haven’t been a White boy in a long time. I am a White man.

      • sbuffalonative

        Don’t get riled by the ‘boy’ thing. That’s for blacks.

        • LACountyRedneck

          Never suggested it’s something to get riled up over. Most of us here have much greater issues to be concerned with. The simple fact is I’m not a boy.

    • sbuffalonative

      I think that’s something that ticks black off. They can’t find a slur for whites that whites don’t laugh off.

      What I love about slurs for blacks is that once they’re said, blacks go into a tailspin.

    • MBlanc46

      They don’t intend it that way.

    • LACountyRedneck

      When someone black refers to Whites as “White Boys”, their intent is often disrespectful. If you don’t believe that to be true, refer to them as black boys in person and check out their reaction.

  • bigone4u

    “Tweeting” is mostly a stupid hobby for stupid people and their stupid friends. Who cares whether blacks and browns are tweeting “white boy” or “whitey?” We KNOW they’re saying these things to each other in real conversations. They’re also calling each other “ni**a” and such. There’s NOTHING in this article that portrays WHITES as KKK, Nazi, knuckle-dragging haters, so let’s move on to more important things such as interracial violence, miscegenation, and white genocide.

  • Truthseeker

    The ghetto section of Twitter isn’t pretty. There’s a funny guy on Twitter though who sometimes messes with them for his own entertainment. Once one of these thugs was threatening him by saying “I got money on your head, white boy,” and he responded by saying “Hit men don’t accept EBT.”

    • r j p

      The hitman doesn’t, but the Korean shop owner does.

  • Spartacus

    The world is crumbling all around us, and these retards care about Twitter…

    • sbuffalonative

      It’s likely these people wanted to expose WHITE racism on twitter but ran face first into the truth about non-white racism (which isn’t supposed to exist in the first place).

  • John R

    I have always hated the way “white boy” is used so commonly. It is still in my mind, a derogatory term. It places White men as being somehow less than men. We White MEN must start getting offended at that. I also dislike the term “Caucasian” for White people. For crying out loud; half the world’s people are, technically speaking “Caucasian.” That would include the Asian Indians, the Iranians, Arabs, Turks, North Africans, as well as most of the people of Latin America. I have little in common with all those people. I am a White Man.

    • IstvanIN

      It is meant derogatorily, no ifs, ands, or buts.

      • FransSusan

        No doubt it’s meant derogatorily, but I don’t care. I have no respect for most of them so I don’t care what they call me. The names they use for whites such as cracker don’t faze me one bit.

  • Cecil Henry

    The question to always ask: Why was this information produced?????

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    I wonder if they counted the N-word when it was directed by blacks at each other, or if they discounted all such instances. I would think it would have to be the latter, since as we all know, blacks love to use that term themselves, and it is never counted as a racial slur when they do so, only when whites use it. That means the researchers would have to have examined each use of the N-word on a case-by-case basis and determined the racial makeup of the one using it, by no means an easy task, as the race of a particular Twitter user is not always apparent. I wonder how many millions of dollars in funding these researchers had anyway???

  • Alexandra1973

    Blacks act like children, though.

    • LACountyRedneck

      Blacks act like children, and Whites should stand up for themselves. That’s been part of our problem. “White boy” is typically an insult to Whites. If we agree it’s ok, so will all of society. I don’t care if I read on the net that someone refers to us as crackers, honkeys, whiteboys, etc. We have no control over that. But surely a sole black-boy wouldn’t tell me that to my face, and never has. :-)

      • NoMosqueHere

        Our forefathers would not have tolerated insults from blacks. A swift and certain penalty would have been imposed for such language.

  • IstvanIN

    What is the purpose of Twitter? Never been on it. Who in heaven’s name has anything that important to say that they must constantly broadcast their “thoughts” around the world? Seems like something that just gets White people in trouble for airing a thought that isn’t PC. I also do not get the Twitter economic model. How do they stay in business. Sometimes the modern world truly baffles me.

    • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

      “How do they stay in business.”

      Targeted ads, I suspect. I’ve never been on Twitter, either. It has no allure for me.

    • Lagerstrom

      I don’t get it either. Seems like a huge, pointless waste of time. Facebook too. And the result of all this rubbish, from what I can see, is a huge upsurge of ignorant, vulgar people all with their own platform to be as rude as they please.

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        I have a Facebook account only because one of my friends from my undergrad years in California died of cancer. It was only one of our mutual friends who thought to call me. He left a wife and two little boys behind.

        • Lagerstrom

          It can be useful for the right people, such as your good self. I was mainly referring to people wasting their time jerking off about ‘what they did today and what they wore whilst doing what they did today’.

  • negrolocaust

    MICHAEL SAVAGE just opened his show with the knockout attack on the white cleveland vet. thank you.

  • JackKrak

    10,000 a day?

    Jesus, what’s it gonna be if I ever join Twiiter?

  • MartelC

    most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey
    - and the most ignored

    • Martel

      That sentence is followed by: ‘This sparks the debate about the extent to which Twitter truly is a
      platform for racism and abusive language,’ the report claims”

      The same conclusion would follow from statistics on interracial murders or anywhere else whites are the number one victim.

  • Massif1

    Black youth has embraced Twitter and that’s the reason “white boy” is so popular. Of course they have no need to keep their profiles private since they’re not applying for jobs.

  • DaveMed

    Just waiting for someone to call me a “White boy”, preferably in a public setting.

    Simple response: “Thank you.”

    • texasoysterman

      Yes, “thank you, and thank God for that, huh?”

    • Lagerstrom

      “Thank you” and cop this!

  • me

    Well, socialist/liberal twits don’t ever let the truth get in the way of their fantasies!

  • gregCall

    “Research by the think tank Demos found the biggest insult was ‘white boy’.”

    Not much of an insult, hell I’d even say something to be proud of.

    Put simply no attempted insult is going to have much sting if it’s used to describe whites.
    Now any term even if meant in a complimentary fashion is going to sting if it becomes a descriptor of blacks.
    Whites just have to many accomplishments as a race to see any reference to whites as offensive, while blacks with ZERO accomplishment as a race will find anything that describes them as offensive.

  • Hillbilly

    How in the hell can 13% of the US population and 34% of that population be on welfare or some other government type assistance, afford, or have the time to….oh wait ,never-mind ,Obama phone, same way they organize flash, assault, and steal mobs ….twitter must just be full of alot of black birds flocking togeather