There was a spike in Islamophobic English language tweets in July, according to a British study
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    There was a spike in Islamophobic English language tweets in July, according to a British study

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    There were 215,247 Islamophobic English language tweets posted in July, from all over the world. That’s almost 7,000 a day, according to a study by Demos.

    There were an average of 289 such tweets an hour, so around 6,943 a day. It’s the worst month for this type of Islamophobic post since the study started in February. There was a spike after the terrorist attack in Nice on the 14th of July (21,190 tweets), and another after the murder of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy (8,950). There were 10,610 Islamophobic tweets after the attempted coup in Turkey.

    The analysis is only looked at tweets written in English. Because of this, most of them come from the UK, but some were posted from other EU countries. There were a lot from the Netherlands, France and Germany, and the numbers vary depending on recent events.

    There were an average of 4,972 ‘Islamophobic’ tweets posted every day between March and the end of July. It increased after the Brussels attacks, but dropped again in April. The number has increased every month since.

    Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)