[Thread] 1/ Thought it would be useful to examine e-bile/digital misogyny on Twitter, so I looked at how many people had called Congresswoman @IlhanMN four common gendered pejoratives "sl*t, b*tch, c*nt, and wh*re" between now and November 2018. The results are shocking.
2/ The scraping of tweets resulted in around 3,089 individual tweets containing insults. Bitch was the most common slur, representing around 82% of the tweets, followed by wh*re (7%), c*nt (6%) and sl*t (4%).
3/ the time series graph below shows that every month there is a variation in the amount of abuse. Presumably this volatility reflects certain political events. It is interesting to note that the distribution of insults changes temporarily in August, Sept and October 2019..
4/ It was in August 2019 that Ilhan was reported to be having an affair with political consultant Tim Mynett. While b*itch is still the most common slur, the explicit terms implying Omar's promiscuity "sl*t" and "wh*re" increased significant as a percentage of insults
5/ So in case you think Twitter didn't have a digital misogyny problem, here is a good example of it. Note: this data does not include the *presumably* many accounts that have been deleted or suspended for abuse.

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[Thread] 1 Here are some of the biggest verified tweeters on the "Hillary Emails" trend yesterday, where some entity thought they'd create a buzz around five year old legitimate data dump immediately following Pompeo's announcement that all Hillary emails would be leaked. Some of
2/ the usual superspreaders are here, namely @alshaikh2 and @monther72 @halgawi etc. (previous graph is by the people who generally tweeted a lot on the hashtag). Below nodes sized by most retweeted. @Forsan_UAE making a strong show. Definitely a joint Emirate/Saudi effort here
3/ This is just a brief visualisation for my own notes. Starting to wonder if there should be a new category for fake news - "old news repurposed and reimagined as a new scoop with frequent misrepresentation of facts" #disinformation
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The results of the Ipsos MORI survey cited in the Fox News piece (irrelevantly) was commissioned by Cornerstone Global Associates - although this was not mentioned in the Fox News piece (thanks @anthonyjwells ) for pointing this out. As Anthony also points out, it probably
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5 Oct
[Thread] This article should is an exemplar of bad journalism:
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The same journalist routinely harasses academics and journalists on Twitter who live in Qatar
2) SOURCING - It cites a report by the firm Cornerstone Global's whose director, Ghanem Nuseibeh is related to the UAE's Ambassador to the UN, and who previously offered to do PR for
Qatar. A previous Cornerstone report initially cited uncritically by the BBC was softened after Cornerstone's credibility on the Gulf Crisis and World Cup was called into question
3 ) VERIFICATION. No attempts are made to verify the claims of the report,it's accepted uncritically
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This Newsweek article is based on a report produced by Impact SE- whose board includes a former Israeli Ambassador, a former FDD member, a member of AIPAC. Most of their reports have focused on Palestine and Muslim majority countries. They did a report on Saudi, which found
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[Thread] This is outrageous: "UAE-owned Sky News Arabia removes 'Palestine' from interview backdrop" - middleeastmonitor.com/20200921-uae-o… However, it's not the only time @skynewsarabia have engaged in blatant disinformation and provocation. See following >
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Does anyone remember being in the Gulf during 1990/91 War. One of my earliest memories is waking up to hear the sound of scud missiles landing in Bahrain. I remember my parents running into mine and my brother's bedroom (i was 5) to comfort us and hearing a massive explosion
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