The Center for Countering Digital Hate, a British non-profit organization, released a report that pointed to an increase in hate speech and racist publications in the twitter after Elon Musk bought and took control of the network🇧🇷
According to the survey, hate attacks against black people were observed in 30,546 tweets since October 27, when the businessman, in fact, took the reins of the platform. That number means triple the rate before the Musk takeover🇧🇷
Vicious hate is spiraling out of control on Elon Musk’s Twitter.
— Center for Countering Digital Hate (@CCDHate) December 3, 2022
The researchers concluded that hate speech against gays, transgenders, Jews and Latinos also increased on Twitter after this period. The analyzed publications came from various parts of the world, but only those in English were computed.
The analysis used data from Brandwatch, a company that specializes in social media insights, and the numbers included original tweets, quotes from tweets, and retweets made. The comparison was made with the numbers from November 18th to November 24th.
This is not the first survey that points to this path. Elon Musk, in turn, disputes the numbers. In a recent post, the billionaire presented a graph that points to a reduction in hate speech after his leadership.
The graph shows impressions at just over 2.5 million at the end of last November. However, the executive did not elaborate on how Twitter defined hate speech or how it measured impressions in producing this data.
Hate speech impressions (# of times tweet was viewed) continue to decline, despite significant user growth!@TwitterSafety will publish data weekly.
Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of reach. Negativity should & will get less reach than positivity. pic.twitter.com/36zl29rCSM
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2022
Formally, the social network did not comment on the topic. It is worth remembering that, a few days ago, the singer Kanye West has his Twitter account suspended again after posting a swastika. Musk had recently unbanned the artist from the platform.