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Mon Oct 24, 2016, 02:19 AM

'Massive rise' in hate speech on Twitter during presidential election


SAN FRANCISCO ó On Sunday night, Hadas Gold, a Politico media writer, began receiving threats on Twitter. One image superimposed a yellow star of David on her shirt and a bloody bullet hole in her forehead. Another photoshopped her face on a corpse in a concentration camp oven.

The message that came with the photos: "Donít mess with our boy Trump, or you will be first in line for the camp."

Gold, whose grandmother fled Poland with her family weeks before Jews from their neighborhood were deported to concentration camps and whose grandfather lost about half of his extended family in the Holocaust, notified Twitter, which moved quickly to suspend the accounts.

Gold says these incidents have become increasingly common "the more we wrote about Trump, and the more we wrote about his rhetoric."

A report this week from The Anti-Defamation League documented the rise in anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists who cover the Republican presidential candidate. From August 2015 to July 2016, the ADL found 2.6 million tweets with anti-Semitic language. Of those, nearly 20,000 tweets were directed at 50,000 journalists in the U.S., with more than two-thirds of the tweets sent by 1,600 Twitter accounts.


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Warren DeMontague Oct 2016 #1

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Mon Oct 24, 2016, 02:36 AM

1. Wow, who could have seen that coming?

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