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Study shows hateful tweets increase as temperatures rise
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Study shows hateful tweets increase as temperatures rise

A new study released indicates that as temperatures rise, hateful tweets sharply increase too. The study, published this month by The Lancet Planetary Health, documented a 22% jump in racist, homophobic and misogynist tweets whenever temperatures were recorded above 42 degrees Celsius. Conversely, however, the study showed that hateful tweets increased by 12% when temperatures dropped below minus 3 degrees Celsius.  Data from the study relied on machine-learning algorithms which identified about 75 million hate tweets in written in English in 773 cities across the United States between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2020. The tweets were documented and statistically compared with the local temperatures. The hateful tweets dropped when temperatures were between 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. More...
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Report indicates FB social media ads failed to detect hate speech

A recent report indicates the world’s largest social media platform failed to detect hate speech within its advertisements. The tests were performed by global nonprofit organizations that posted blatantly racist advertisements in Ethiopia, for example, where warring groups have called for genocide. The platform failed to detect the ads even after previous ads with hateful content were directly brought to the company’s attention. If that’s not enough, a report released May 31 also shows hateful discourse on the platform has jumped 38% from the previous month. A separate report released last year has shown that this platform’s algorithms have been biased against people of color. The issues of spreading hate aren’t just a domestic problem. This platform has been instrumental in pr...