Students at Humboldt State University have created a map of the United States that identifies the origins of homophobic hate terms used on Twitter.
The Geography of Hate project also identifies the locations that tweet the most racist messages.
According to the website, the group manually searched through over 150,000 Tweets for 10 hate speech terms that fall under homophobia, racism and disability hate. The data behind the map is based on every geocoded tweet in the US from June 2012 – April 2013, according to the researchers.
The map shows that the worst offenders using the word ‘fag’ include New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. The word ‘dyke’ was most used in an offensive context in Oregon, Minnesota, Iowa and Kentucky.
aIn Wisconsin, the most offensive are was north of Green Bay.
Lisa Neff is senior news editor for the Wisconsin Gazette.