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Study pins Buffalo as source of high number of anti-gay, racist tweets

In a Daily Beast article entitled "The Most Prejudiced Places in America," Buffalo ranks in the top 10 in two troubling categories.

Using data culled from Twitter by apartment-location startup Abodo, Buffalo has sent the most anti-gay tweets and eighth-most anti-black tweets in an 18-month span starting in June 2014.

Here are the two data graphics, via the Beast and Abodo, below.

The Daily Beast and Abodo's graphic of most anti-gay and anti-lesbian tweets per 100,000. (via the Daily Beast)

The Daily Beast and Abodo's graphic of most anti-gay and anti-lesbian tweets per 100,000. (via the Daily Beast)

Data graphic of where Buffalo ranks in most anti-black tweets. (via the Daily Beast)

Data graphic of where Buffalo ranks in most anti-black tweets. (via the Daily Beast)

A few qualifiers have to be taken into account when trying to understand this data. First, here's the outline of the study conducted by Abodo:

The site "[scanned] millions of tweets from June 2014 through December 2015 for a laundry list of racial slurs, derogatory slang terms, and more to compile a ranking of where our most ignorant tendencies show up with the greatest frequency..."

A deeper look through the original Abodo report, titled "Tolerance In America," relays a separate PDF for its methodology, mentioning the derogatory terms searched for through Twitter.

While there are arguments for why Twitter data can be more accurate than other metrics -- nearly all of its data is available to the public -- City Lab's 2015 study called "Why Most Twitter Maps Can't be Trusted" is also a worthy counter-argument.

Other questions stemming from the report include:

*What proportion of Buffalo residents use Twitter? Is this a scattershot representation of the area?
*Is there a reason why Twitter-using Buffalonians, identified through geo-location, would be more or less insensitive to race and sexual preference than non-Twitter users?

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