Using the Evolution AI platform, we showed that ethnic minority MPs receive more abuse on Twitter than their white counterparts
As part of a joint investigation with Business Insider, we categorised 3.16 million tweets directed at 523 MPs on Twitter between January 2017 and March 2018.
The results showed statistically significant evidence that ethnic minority MPs receive more toxic Twitter mentions than their white counterparts, on average receiving 15% more toxic tweets.
In response to the findings, Diane Abbott said in a statement to Business Insider:
"It is no surprise that MPs from ethnic minorities receive a disproportionately high level of abuse on Twitter. This abuse reflects the trend in society which has seen an increase in hate speech and hate-crime.
[…] The big social media companies also have a role to play in curbing hate speech, and not just against MPs.
Everyone deserves the protection of the law, and police need the resources from Government to tackle this problem."