Twitter 'hate map' shows pocket of homophobia in New Mexico

Posted at: 08/28/2014 5:37 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2014 6:36 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Over the years, we've learned anything and everything that goes up on the Internet can be there to stay.

Now with researchers compiling social media trends for entire regions, the hurtful and even hateful stuff written on social media can reflect poorly on entire communities.

One Twitter trend study looked at 150,000 location-tagged posts from across the country.

It looks like a heat map of the United States, but the study refers to it as a "hate map" compiled by students from Humboldt State University in California.

The students looked at tweets containing hate-speech, and mapped their density all over the country.

The most racist and homophobic tweets were sent from the eastern U.S., and from southern states, but there are little pockets in the southwest.

A dense red in Sierra County shows a high frequency of tweets using homophobic language. It's really the only place New Mexico significantly registered on the map at all.

To take a closer look at the map yourself, follow this link: