Over 55pc of anti-Muslim content on Twitter comes from India

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Over 55 per cent of Anti-Muslim content on the social media platform Twitter originates from India, reveals a new study.

A research by the Australian-based Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), about 86% of anti-Muslim social media messages originate in the US, the UK, and India. It pointed out that between August 28, 2019, and August 27, 2021, there were at least 3,759,180 Islamophobic tweets on Twitter.

The report said, among India-based Twitter users, researchers says India ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is responsible for the dissemination and amplification of anti-Muslim hate, saying, “(the) BJP has actively normalised hatred towards Muslims such that 55.12 percent of anti-Muslim hatred tweets now originate in India.”

As per the ICV researchers, India created the most content, with 871,379 Islamophobic tweets, followed by the US (289,248) and the UK (196,376). The study also identified four significant themes that frequently appeared on Twitter when it was displaying Islamophobic content.—INP

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