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The hate toward Asians amid the COVID-19 pandemic has not only increased in physical spaces but in the vile corners of the internet too, unsurprisingly.


On Twitter, hate speech toward China and the Chinese people, in particular, has reportedly surged to a whopping 900%, with instigators using the general feeling of uncertainty and tension to stir up discriminatory behavior.  

 


The figure comes from a new report from L1ght, an Israeli artificial intelligence startup that analyzed millions of websites, social networks, teen chat forums and gaming platforms beginning December 2019.


According to our data, racist abuse is being targeted most explicitly against Asians, including Asian Americans. Toxic tweets are using explicit language to accuse Asians of carrying the coronavirus and blaming people of Asian origin as a collective for spreading the virus, L1ght noted in its report.


A screenshot of a tweet cited in L1ghts report


Such a spike appears to be influenced by quarantine measures enforced to control the outbreak, which consequently forced people to stay at home and spend more time online.


L1ght analyzed text alongside images, videos and voice recordings to identify increases in hate speech, cyberbullying and general online toxicity. While doing so, researchers witnessed a shift in the use of terminology surrounding the coronavirus.


A tweet using the hashtag #KungFlu


Original hashtags such as #COVID19, #coronavirus, #COVID19, #StayAtHome and #MinaredenDua were gradually taken over by new hashtags like #chinaliedpeopledied, #KungFlu, #communistvirus, #WuhanVirus and #ChineseVirus.


Aside from a 900% increase in hate posts, L1ght also discovered a 200% growth in traffic to hate sites and specific posts against Asians.


Ch*nk, gook, slant, nip, zipper-head, squint, yellowman, coolie, slope its all sooo confusing! They all look the same. They all eat rice, one post from a prominent site said, according to the report.


To make matters worse, one replied to that comment, Very true. However, we might have offended the occasional noodle n***er that visits this site if he thinks were giving credit to the gooks for coronavirus. Theyre sensitive, you know.


Some media outlets have also contributed to more hate speech by producing instigating materials, L1ght noted. According to the report, one of them is Sky News Australia, which published a video titled China willfully inflicted coronavirus upon the world.'


L1ght also found a 70% uptick in instances of hate speech between kids and teens, as well as a 40% increase in toxicity among gamers.


Source: https://nextshark.com


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Cyberbullying of Asians up by 900% amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The hate toward Asians amid the COVID-19 pandemic has not only increased in physical spaces but in the vile corners of the internet too, unsurprisingly.


On Twitter, hate speech toward China and the Chinese people, in particular, has reportedly surged to a whopping 900%, with instigators using the general feeling of uncertainty and tension to stir up discriminatory behavior.  

 


The figure comes from a new report from L1ght, an Israeli artificial intelligence startup that analyzed millions of websites, social networks, teen chat forums and gaming platforms beginning December 2019.


According to our data, racist abuse is being targeted most explicitly against Asians, including Asian Americans. Toxic tweets are using explicit language to accuse Asians of carrying the coronavirus and blaming people of Asian origin as a collective for spreading the virus, L1ght noted in its report.


A screenshot of a tweet cited in L1ghts report


Such a spike appears to be influenced by quarantine measures enforced to control the outbreak, which consequently forced people to stay at home and spend more time online.


L1ght analyzed text alongside images, videos and voice recordings to identify increases in hate speech, cyberbullying and general online toxicity. While doing so, researchers witnessed a shift in the use of terminology surrounding the coronavirus.


A tweet using the hashtag #KungFlu


Original hashtags such as #COVID19, #coronavirus, #COVID19, #StayAtHome and #MinaredenDua were gradually taken over by new hashtags like #chinaliedpeopledied, #KungFlu, #communistvirus, #WuhanVirus and #ChineseVirus.


Aside from a 900% increase in hate posts, L1ght also discovered a 200% growth in traffic to hate sites and specific posts against Asians.


Ch*nk, gook, slant, nip, zipper-head, squint, yellowman, coolie, slope its all sooo confusing! They all look the same. They all eat rice, one post from a prominent site said, according to the report.


To make matters worse, one replied to that comment, Very true. However, we might have offended the occasional noodle n***er that visits this site if he thinks were giving credit to the gooks for coronavirus. Theyre sensitive, you know.


Some media outlets have also contributed to more hate speech by producing instigating materials, L1ght noted. According to the report, one of them is Sky News Australia, which published a video titled China willfully inflicted coronavirus upon the world.'


L1ght also found a 70% uptick in instances of hate speech between kids and teens, as well as a 40% increase in toxicity among gamers.


Source: https://nextshark.com


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