Twitter Users Call Women These Two Terms 10,000 Times a Day

May 29, 2016, 4:05 PM UTC
Young adults at a party at the Local 16 bar and restaurant Oct. 13, 2015 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Young adults split their attention between the televisied debate and scanningTwitter on their smart phones during a debate watch party at the Local 16 bar and restaurant October 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic candidates Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee squared off on the CNN-hosted debate in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Women on Twitter are called either a “whore” or a “slut” by users on the social media platform almost 10,000 times a day, according to a new study.

Twitter (TWTR) users, both male and female, sent 200,000 aggressive tweets using those specific insults to 80,000 people during a three-week period in late April and early May, a study by the think tank Demos has found. Half of the offenders were women. That’s almost 7 abusive tweets per minute, or 9,500 per day, the Washington Post reports. Those who have received those tweets include First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and superstar Beyonce.

Demos used an algorithm to separate tweets with those words used aggressively and jokingly. The think thank in 2014 found the words “slut” and “whore” dominated misogynistic language on Twitter.

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“This study provides a birds-eye snapshot of what is ultimately a very personal and often traumatic experience for women,” Alex Krasodomski-Jones, researcher in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, said in a statement. “It is clear that just as the digital world has created new opportunities for public debate and social interaction, it has also built new battlegrounds for the worst aspects of human behavior.”

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