“Videos of attacks on transgender people are being uploaded to social media sites like YouTube for entertainment, and viewed tens of millions of times, according to a report published Tuesday.
Witness, a nonprofit organization that uses eyewitness videos to shed light on human rights abuses, compiled the report. Called Capturing Hate, it draws on videos uploaded to four social media sites: YouTube, World Star Hip Hop, Fly Height, and Live Leak. The report then analyzes ratings and comments, as well as how the videos are captured, titled and described. In total, Witness reviewed 329 videos of physical violence, which researchers found using two search phrases: ‘tranny fight’ and ‘stud fight.’
The videos, often recorded by a bystander, include graphic footage of trans people being both verbally and physically attacked. But just as jarring are viewer comments.”