A new study has shown that the number of people using the n-word tripled within the first week of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover.
The Centre for Countering Digital Hate, founded by Imran Ahmed, has released the new findings. It is possible to sayThe platform has been made “a pustulant well of hate”The self-proclaimed owner “free speech absolutist” Musk.
In the week commencing October 31, the n-word was used 26,228 times – three times more than the 2022 average.
The transphobic slurs rose within the same week. “t*****”It was used nearly 40,000 times and homophobic language rose by 39%.
Musk claimed that the data was available. “hateful speech”After his takeover, the stock market had declined.
Tesla CEO, Nikola Tesla tweeted: “Twitter’s strong commitment to content moderation remains absolutely unchanged. In fact, we have actually seen hateful speech at times this week decline *below* our prior norms, contrary to what you may read in the press.”
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Speak to Newsweek, According to the founder of CCDH the significant rise in racist slurs via Twitter is a clear indicator of the need for government intervention.
“Nobody wants a world in which people feel they can attack others with racial slurs with impunity. Elon Musk described such a world to advertisers as a ‘hellscape’ and said he would do anything he could to prevent it,”Ahmed spoke to the outlet.
“His head of safety said that they had successfully contained the situation, but our research shows this was untrue, which might explain why his head of safety abruptly resigned the day our research came out, showing that Twitter was awash with hate. Hate is a disease that will thrive wherever the immune system is weak.”
Ahmed said: “Twitter has become a pustulant well of hate within our society under Elon Musk, and it’s time we have an Online Safety Bill, so we can lance the boil that is Twitter and ensure that social-media companies cannot undermine our nation’s unity.”
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