Hate messages towards migrant minors on social networks increase

30% of the hate messages posted on social networks between July and August referred to immigrant minors, thirteen points more than between May and June, according to the Spanish Observatory of Racism and Xenophobia (OBERAXE), dependent on the Ministry of Inclusion , Social Security and Migrations.

This is reflected in the latest newsletter for monitoring hate speech on social networks that it publishes OBERAXE, in which it is detailed that this body identified and communicated to the Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and TikTok platforms a total of 607 hate speech content, 9% more than in the previous bimonthly newsletter, of which eventually more than half were eliminated.

The study of OBERAXE reveals that anti-immigrant speeches directed at minors accounted for 30% of hate speech online analyzed, while in the previous period (May-June) it stood at 17.1%.

The main motivation for these hate speech are those directed at the immigrant population as a whole, which increased slightly between July and August, reaching 30.8% of the total content analyzed, compared to 28.5% in the previous period.

The latest bi-monthly newsletters published by OBERAXE they also reflect an increase in hate speech on the internet towards people of migrant origin, the Ministry details in a statement.

The content of xenophobia and rejection of people of Maghreb origin doubled in just two months, going from 7.9% in March-April to 15.3% in May-June, coinciding in time with the entry of Moroccans into the city of Ceuta, and in this latest bulletin it is 16%.

In all social networks, the communication channel has also been used as trusted flagger, as individuals, governments and NGOs are called that are especially effective in reporting these harmful behaviors: if a week elapsed after the notice as a normal user without the denounced content being deleted, the Observatory identified itself as trusted flagger and thus the platforms removed 122 additional content, 20.1% of the total.

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