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University researchers track millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter

Friday, September 28, 2012

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada — The University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in Edmonton has created a new Canadian social-media experiment that found millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter within the past two months.

The Institute’s newly-created website,, has a daily counter on its home page that tracks the number of slurs tweeted, the top three being the phrase(s) “Faggot,” “So Gay,” “No Homo,” and “Dyke.”

According to university researchers, a numerical analysis revealed that the word “faggot” was used more than 2.5 million times since July. Last week alone, it was in 219,000 tweets.

The researchers also found the phrase “So Gay,” was in 900,000 tweets, while another 800,000 had “No Homo.” The word “dyke” came across in 350,000 comments.

“We never imagined the scale of casual homophobia that actually exists on social media,” said Kristopher Wells, associate director for the institute.

“The use of homophobic language remains one of the few socially acceptable forms of discrimination in our society and make no mistake, leads to isolation, bullying, beatings, and tragically youth suicide,” he said.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. if they searched for these words mis-spelled, they would find millions more. Sad but true

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:55pm
  2. That’s bullshit man they shouldn’t be allowed to post anti gay slurs anywhere…

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:09pm
  3. These “people” are Cowards…

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:16pm
  4. LGBT adolescents are twice as likely to run away from home new USA research reveals – please check link above to Huff Post for more information.

    Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:11am
  5. What’s going to be done with all the finding?

    Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 4:39am
  6. Lets not forget freedom of speech. I do not condone hurtful words. However, we cannot surpress free speech. If we do, we are no better than Hitler, Stalin, or take your pick of any of the leaders of the Middle East.
    Furthermore, words are fads. It’s not offensive today, it will be tomorrow, and it won’t be the next day. To continuously fight against hurtful words, which is merely a symptom, we will lose focus on the main cause. Don’t allow the symptoms of the disease take all of your energy!

    Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:06am