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Internet Trolls Use “Code Language” to Promote Offensive Content

Trolls are using terms like “google”, “skype” and “yahoo” to attack communities without getting banned.

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The internet has never been a space where all content can be regulated, with things like sexism, racism and the dark web.

Now alt-right trolls are using code-words like “google”, “yahoo” as racial slurs. This year the triple parentheses was propagated on Twitter and Google by the “alt-right”, and indulged in white supremacy, as reported by Quartz.

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The name that is mentioned between the parentheses indicates that they are Jewish.

The algorithms that Twitter and Google use to take down offensive content cannot be used on these as there’s nothing offensive about parentheses.

A tweet like this uses names of companies as euphemisms, as people know these companies cannot flag their names off as racially sensitive content.

The origin of the usage of these terms seems to have come from 4chan, a website known for trolls. It could have been started in response to the stronger algorithms that weed out offensive comments.

This is a list of the terms that are being used.

Until the companies can find a way to remove the offensive euphemisms, trolls will roam free on the internet.

(Source: Quartz)

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