Islamophobia on the Rise in Europe as Derogatory Tweets Reach All Time High

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
18.08.2016

Data released by the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the Demos think tank in Britain, has found significant spikes in the use of anti-Islamic language on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of terrorist attacks in Europe.

The tweets were identified as derogatory and anti-Islamic and included references to recent acts of violence, whilst some even attacked entire Muslim communities in the context of terrorism.
Key findings have shown that there were over 200,000 Islamophobic tweets that were sent in July 2016, that averaged at 289 every hour.

Spikes in anti-Islamic language are strongly correlated to current events — particularly acts of terrorism — with the largest number of abusive tweets sent on the day after the Nice attack in France.

Islamophobia on Twitter is increasing month on month — with July the highest rate since Demos’ dedicated analysis began in March.

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