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An increase in hate speech on social media leads to more crimes against minorities in the physical world, a study shows.
Academics from Cardiff University's HateLab project collected Twitter and police recorded crime data from London over an eight-month period to analyze whether a significant association existed.
Results - Number - Tweets - Terms - Race
Their results show that as the number of "hate tweets"—those deemed to be antagonistic in terms of race, ethnicity or religion—made from one location increased, so did the number of racially and religiously aggravated crimes—which included violence, harassment and criminal damage.
Researchers add that an algorithm based on their methods could help police predict and prevent spikes in crimes against minorities by allocating more resources to specific areas.
Director - HateLab - Professor - Matthew - Williams
Director of HateLab Professor Matthew Williams said: "This is the first UK study to demonstrate a consistent link between Twitter hate speech targeting race and religion and racially and religiously aggravated offenses that happen offline.
"Previous research has already established that major events can act as triggers for hate acts. But our analysis confirms this association is present even in the absence of such events.
Research - Hate - Victimization - Part - Wider
"The research shows that online hate victimization is part of a wider process of harm that can begin on social media and then migrate to the physical world."
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