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Hemphill: ‘There aren’t enough social consequences for being hateful’

Quoted by Salon. Associate professor Libby Hemphill. " “In Elon Musk's chaotic Twitter reign, right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists are back.”

Thursday, 12/08/2022

Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition has been nothing short of a disaster. 

Shortly after Musk’s purchase of the social media platform, the site was overwhelmed with impersonations, hate speech and misinformation. 

An article by Salon features University of Michigan School of Information associate professor Libby Hemphill, an expert on hate speech and social media. 

The piece discusses the consequences of Musk’s changes to Twitter’s, what it means for the future of the country and how it impacts democracy. 

"Right now, the cost of being hateful doesn't outweigh the benefits," Hemphill says. "I don't just mean the financial costs — there aren't enough social consequences for being hateful."

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Read “In Elon Musk's chaotic Twitter reign, right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists are back.” 

Learn more about Hemphill’s research on social media by visiting her faculty profile.