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Alt-Right Trolls Devise Racist Codes on Social Media

Google’s Artificial Intelligence program “Jigsaw Conversation” is attempting to confront the problem of hate speech on the Internet. But to counter a quest for civility, racist trolls have launched “Operation Google,” the name for the raid against the artificial intelligence program.

“Jigsaw Conversation” is attempting to confront the problem of hate speech on the Internet. But to counter a quest for civility, racist trolls have launched “Operation Google,” the name for the raid against the artificial intelligence program.

In their lexicon, “Google” means the N-word; “skype” means Jews; and “yahoo” means Mexicans. The word “skittles” has come to refer to Muslims. On Sept. 19, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a photo, which consisted of a bowl full of the candy Skittles, with the comment: “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

The codes are being used profusely on social media.

Twitter user Alex Goldman tweeted a list Saturday to bring attention to the code words:

Here is an unfortunate sample of what you will find if you search for the terms on Twitter. Many of the tweets using the lexicon are in support of Republican presidential candidate Trump.

“Operation Google” appears to have been created on the message board 4chan in September in response to the post “RIP alt-right trolls, SkyNet is coming for you.”

In July, racist alt-right social media users ridiculed actress Leslie Jones, following the lead of Milo Yiannopoulos, a tech editor at conservative news site Breitbart. The online abuse Jones experienced garnered a response from Twitter’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.

Twitter decided to permanently delete Yiannopoulos’ account. However, the statement did not specifically say it was due to the derogatory tweets sent at Jones.

The company said “over the past 48 hours” it had taken action, including permanent suspensions, against several users. It said the response came as “an uptick in the number of accounts” violating anti-abuse and anti-harassment policies.

“People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online,” the statement read.

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