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  1. #1 Most common racial slur on Twitter: "White Boy" 
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    Just how racist is Twitter? Study finds 10,000 slurs a DAY posted on social network
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz2tTWezhzu

    • Thinktank Demos analysed number of tweets containing racial slurs
    • Most popular insult was 'white boy'
    • Claims many of the terms were used in a non-derogatory way
    • Casual racism accounted fro 5-10% of tweets

    ...Researchers revealed the most common racial slurs used on the micro-blogging site included ‘whitey’ and ‘pikey’.

    However, as many as 70% of tweets using such language were deemed to be using slurs in non-derogatory fashion.

    'This sparks the debate about the extent to which Twitter truly is a platform for racism and abusive language,' the report claims.

    Jamie Bartlett, Director of CASM at Demos and author of the report, said: 'Twitter provides us with a remarkable window into how people talk, argue, debate, and discuss issues of the day.

    'While there are a lot of racial slurs being used on Twitter, the overwhelming majority of them are not used in an obviously prejudicial or hateful way...

    "This study shows just how difficult it is to know what people really mean on the basis of a tweet.

    'Context is king, and often it’s more or less lost on Twitter.'

    Of the 126,975 English-language tweets from across the globe, further analysis suggests only 1% of tweets used a racial slur in an ideological context within a political statement or in a call to action in the real world...




    One wonders if the conclusion that the slurs were "non-derogatory" would be the same if "N ****R" were the top slur, instead of quite near the bottom (3.2%). When almost 57% of Twitter slurs refer to white boy/Whitey (48.9 + 7.9%), the researchers conclude it's not really racial/derogatory. Hmm....

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    I think they blurred out "pinkey" from the looks of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibbins View Post
    I think they blurred out "pinkey" from the looks of it
    I think that's Pikey, but I'm not sure.
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    And - really? "white boy" is a racial slur??????????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    And - really? "white boy" is a racial slur??????????
    Well, it does refer to color, race. And this was a study in England. Had it been in the US, "Cracker" certainly would have been on the list.
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