#Hashtagging hate: Using Twitter to track racism online

Irfan Chaudhry

Abstract


This paper considers three different projects that have used Twitter to track racist language: 1) Racist Tweets in Canada (the author’s original work); 2) Anti-social media (a 2014 study by U.K. think tank DEMOS); and, 3) The Geography of Hate Map (created by researchers at Humboldt University) in order to showcase the ability to track racism online using Twitter. As each of these projects collected racist language on Twitter using very different methods, a discussion of each data collection method used as well as the strengths and challenges of each method is provided. More importantly, however, this paper highlights why Twitter is an important data collection tool for researchers interested in studying race and racism.


Keywords


Twitter, Race, Racism, Social media

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i2.5450



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