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A new report shows a rise in radical right ideology and anti-Muslim rhetoric. It also said the number of U.S. hate groups rose 3 percent.
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A study released this week shows that engagement by hate groups on social media has been booming in the last two to three years —and the largest shares of activity are focused on anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment.

The study titled “Hate on Social Media: A Look at Hate Groups and Their Twitter Presence” was conducted by Safe Home, an organization of home security experts that conducts research aimed at making communities safer. The study used data collected by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit based in Montgomery, Ala., that tracks hate groups nationwide.

Study authors  said in the report that they wanted to see what hate groups were doing on Twitter and who is following them.

“We studied these Twitter accounts to understand not just how hateful sentiment has evolved over the years, but also in which states these comments originate,” reads a statement at the beginning of the study.

The research showed that hate groups collected more “likes” to tweets and comments in 2016 than in any other year since 2008. From 2014 to 2015, the number of “likes” on hate group tweets and comments tripled, and from 2015 to 2016 they tripled…