Data investigating how the social media site Twitter is required for abusive online behavior, or trolling in internet parlance does not paint a pretty picture.
The company may have lost potential purchasers because of its very real problem with trolls. Bloomberg reported the reason Walt Disney chose against offering a bid to buy Twitter was due to the platform’s bullying and hateful communication.
The site has attempted to curb the hateful tweets, comments, images and assaults, but it has yet to truly solve the problem. In July, Twitter rolled out a new block feature that was expected to alleviate some of the issues, but the abuse persists. In August more features that “give you more control over what you insures and who you interact with on Twitter” were added.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja, a professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, told Mashable Twitter trolling feels like it’s on the rise, but most research shows the rate of cyberbullying across all platforms has held fairly steady.
However, a lot of the abuse continues on Twitter because the company’s approach to the issue has been nominal and “the threat of detection or dread or sanction is very slim, ” Hinduja said. In particular, he pointed out ethnic minorities, those with disabilities and sex orientation minorities are often on the receiving aim of Twitter hate.
The following charts, some of which were published recently by , investigated trolling behaviour and determined certain groups bear the brunt of Twitter hatred. The charts indicate misogynistic, anti-semitic and anti-Muslim tweets by the numbers and it is eye-opening.
Just last week the Anti-Defamation League seemed through the numbers of anti-Semitic tweets and abuse and found startling results . Jewish journalists( or those assumed to be Jewish) received an uptick in online abuse.
British think-tank Demos, meanwhile, studied the online response to Brexit in the UK and tracked xenophobic and anti-Muslim posts. More than 16,000 tweets utilizing a word related to xenophobia or an anti-immigrant attitude were found between June 19 and July 1.
Anti-Muslim sentiment on Twitter is pervasive throughout the world. Demos found 4,123, 704 tweets that could be considered anti-Islamic between March 18 and June 30.