Unraveling Social Perceptions Behaviors towards Migrants on Twitter [article]

Aparup Khatua, Wolfgang Nejdl
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We draw insights from the social psychology literature to identify two facets of Twitter deliberations about migrants, i.e., perceptions about migrants and behaviors towards mi-grants. Our theoretical anchoring helped us in identifying two prevailing perceptions (i.e., sympathy and antipathy) and two dominant behaviors (i.e., solidarity and animosity) of social media users towards migrants. We have employed unsuper-vised and supervised approaches to identify these perceptions and behaviors. In
more » ... he domain of applied NLP, our study of-fers a nuanced understanding of migrant-related Twitter de-liberations. Our proposed transformer-based model, i.e., BERT + CNN, has reported an F1-score of 0.76 and outper-formed other models. Additionally, we argue that tweets con-veying antipathy or animosity can be broadly considered hate speech towards migrants, but they are not the same. Thus, our approach has fine-tuned the binary hate speech detection task by highlighting the granular differences between perceptual and behavioral aspects of hate speeches.
arXiv:2112.06642v1 fatcat:kdcb4nv4ujdytifs6wb2jjxygi