Researchers have recently discovered that anyone can trick hate speech detectors with simple changes to their language—and typos are just one way that neo-Nazis are foiling the algorithms.
Pacific Standard interviews Professor Jeremy Blackburn and NCRI Director Dr Joel Finkelstein about the research and algorithms we use to understand hate speech in social networks.
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On Oct. 26, 2018, authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc in South Florida after he mailed 14 crudely constructed pipe bombs to outspoken critics of President Trump over the span of five days.
His social media accounts were dedicated to extreme right-wing conspiracy theories attacking prominent liberals, such as philanthropist George Soros and Bill and Hillary Clinton. He also regularly circulated conspiratorial content about undocumented immigrants and Islamic terrorism, and he reportedly told a former co-worker, “Everybody that wasn’t white and wasn’t a white supremacist didn’t belong in the world.”
Read SPLC’s report citing our research here
Clarksburg Caller recent wrote an article citing our work in analyzing YouTube usage in Gab.
A year after YouTube‘s chief executive promised to curb “problematic” videos, it continues to harbor and even recommend hateful, conspiratorial videos, allowing racists, anti-Semites and proponents of other extremist views to use the platform as an online library for spreading their ideas.
is particularly valuable to users of Gab.ai and , social media sites that are popular among hate groups but have scant video capacity of their own. Users on these sites link to YouTube more than to any other website, thousands of times a day, according to the recent work of Data and Society and the Network Contagion Research Institute, both of which track the spread of hate speech.
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Jenna Fisher from Patch wrote an article about recent white supremacist fliers popping up in Boston citing our work. After fliers promoting white supremacy appeared around East Boston Thursday, several residents sprang into action, walking street to street to tear them down and prompting the mayor and other elected officials to release a statement denouncing the message.
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Professor Gavriel Rosenfeld wrote an excellent article on The Jewish Review of Books on digital antisemitism, citing our recent publication
As the American Jewish community mourns for the martyrs of the Tree of Life synagogue and assesses the historical significance of their murders, it should be under no illusions about the dangers it faces. The history of domestic lone wolf attacks, the ease of online anti-Semitic self-radicalization, and the ubiquity of firearms in the United States are a toxic combination that must be monitored with unprecedented vigilance.
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We collaborated with Craig Timberg and other journalists at the Washington Post to collect and expose the fact the YouTube has been a repository for hate.
A year after YouTube’s chief executive promised to curb “problematic” videos, it continues to harbor and even recommend hateful, conspiratorial videos, allowing racists, anti-Semites and proponents of other extremist views to use the platform as an online library for spreading their ideas.
YouTube is particularly valuable to users of Gab.ai and 4chan, social media sites that are popular among hate groups but have scant video capacity of their own. Users on these sites link to YouTube more than to any other website, thousands of times a day, according to the recent work of Data and Society and the Network Contagion Research Institute, both of which track the spread of hate speech.
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Rich Lord from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote an interesting article detailing some of Robert Bower’s past as well as his engagement on Gab. Joel Finkelstein, NCRI Director, was interview for this article and provided insight into his behavior on Gab and about Gab in general.
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Southern Povertry Law Center’s Hatewatch released a study with NCRI on Robert Bower’s Gab postings.
In the months leading up to Robert Bowers’ murderous rampage, he was in deep on the social media platform Gab, frequently reposting content from influential alt-right accounts including Jared Wyand and Bradley Dean Griffin.
Read the full report by Hatewatch here: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/11/01/gab-domestic-terrorist-robert-bowers-engaged-several-influential-alt-right-figures
Jeremy Blackburn, UAB Assistant professor, Computer Science and NCRI cofounder discusses Gab and the sociotechnical problems of online hate.
A social media expert explains what Gab.com is and why you may want to pay attention to fringe sites like these even when you’re not the target user.
See the Video: https://www.wsj.com/video/what-is-gab-and-who-uses-it/9B9A1FBA-DECE-4C4E-BC23-68C9AA62C167.html