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Tweeple Urge Twitter to Ban White Racists, Tackle Terrorism

Earlier in March, Facebook also said it would bar white nationalist and white separatist content from its platform

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After 22 people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, civil rights activists in the US have urged micro-blogging site Twitter to ban white supremacists from its platform to curb terrorism.

The demands come after it was brought to light that the gunman in the El Paso shooting posted a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto on online message board website “8chan”, the screenshot of which went viral on major social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

People believe that while smaller platforms like “8chan” might be the places to promote white supremacist ideas, it is Twitter where these ideas become mainstream.

“22 people in El Paso were killed when a white supremacist said he wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible, Twitter, you need to take an action. This cannot be promoted on a mass platform,” a tweet read.

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. vOA

“Twitter’s user-base clearly wants them to ban 8chan. It’s a cesspool of hate that incubates white supremacist mass murderers and facilitates child pornography trafficking to boot. Why is 8chan verified? Why is Twitter not taking action on white supremacists post,” another tweet said.

US President Donald Trump also took to his Twitter handle and urged social media companies to “develop tools to detect mass shooters before they strike.”

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Previously, Twitter’s senior policy strategist, during a recent Congressional hearing said that the company took action against 184 groups that violated the company’s policy on violent extremism.

Earlier in March, Facebook also said it would bar white nationalist and white separatist content from its platform. (IANS)

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Are you an Avid Twitter User? Your Posts can Reveal How Lonely you are

If we are able to identify lonely individuals and intervene before the health conditions associated with the themes we found begin to unfold, we have a change

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Loneliness can be a slow killer, as some of the medical problems associated with it can take decades to manifest. Pixabay

Researchers have found that users who tweet on loneliness are much more likely to write about mental well-being issues and things like struggles with relationships, substance use and insomnia on Twitter.

By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, researchers were able to gain an insight into the topics and themes that could be associated with loneliness.

“Loneliness can be a slow killer, as some of the medical problems associated with it can take decades to manifest,” said the study’s lead author Sharath Chandra Guntuku, from University of Pennsylvania in the US.

“If we are able to identify lonely individuals and intervene before the health conditions associated with the themes we found begin to unfold, we have a change to help those much earlier in their lives. This could be very powerful and have long-lasting effects on public health,” Guntuku said.

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By applying linguistic analytic models to tweets, researchers were able to gain an insight into the topics and themes that could be associated with loneliness. Pixabay

By determining typical themes and linguistic markers posted to social media that are associated with people who are lonely, the team has uncovered some of the ingredients necessary to construct a ‘loneliness’ prediction system.

As part of the study, published in the journal BMJ, researchers analysed public accounts from users based in Pennsylvania and found that 6,202 accounts used words such as ‘lonely’ or ‘alone’ more than five times between 2012 and 2016.

Comparing the entire Twitter timelines of these users to a matched group who did not have such language included their posts, the researchers showed that ‘lonely’ users tweeted nearly twice as much and were much more likely to do so at night.

When the tweets were analysed via several different linguistic analytic models, the users who posted about loneliness had an extremely high association with anger, depression and anxiety, when compared to the ‘non-lonely’ group.

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Additionally, the lonely groups were significantly associated with tweeting about struggles with relationships (for example, using phrases like ‘want somebody’ or ‘no one to’) and substance use (‘smoke,’ ‘weed,’ and ‘drunk’)

“On Twitter, we found lonely users expressing a need for social support, and it appears that the use of expletives and the expression of anger is a sign of that being unfulfilled,” Guntuku said.

Users in the group that didn’t post about loneliness seemed to display some social connections, as they were found to be more likely to engage in conversations, especially by including others’ user names (using ‘@twitter_handle’) in their tweets.

In the future, the researchers hope to develop a better measure of the different dimensions of loneliness that online users are feeling and expressing. (IANS)