Have you heard about The Geography of Hate project created by Humboldt State University undergraduate students?
They sifted through a year of geocoded conversations from twitter to find hate words used in a negative context (which is important to note, since many people now use these words in a positive or neutral manner). The words were then applied to a color gradient map.
The map shows certain areas I was surprised to find concentrated with hate speech. (Especially in the San Francisco area.)
On a positive note: it looks like Utah really does have nice people living there…or maybe they are like me and aren’t big tweeters? Either way, they seem to have the lowest amount of “hate word” tweets.
What do you think about this? Were you already aware of social media being used as a outlet for hate speech, or is this map shocking to you?