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Online homophobia spiked with Trump’s win

Sarah Sinclair November 25, 2016
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The homophobia monitor,, showed a huge spike on US election day and the days shortly after.

This broke the downward trend of homophobic language found on Twitter in the run up to the election.

The website records every use of terms “faggot”, “no homo”, “so gay” and “dyke” to display the prolific use of casual homophobic language.

In January 2016, “faggot” was recorded about 8,000 times but on November 8, the day Donald Trump became President-Elect, it skyrocketed to around 32,000.

The website was created by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, Canada.

These figures come after the news that there have been over 700 incidents of harassment reported since Trump’s election.

More: Donald Trump, Facebook, Homophobia, Twitter, us election, US Election 2016

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