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Is the social web divided by race?

3 July 2012 Last updated at 03:05 BST

The internet was once considered a great equaliser, a platform that could bring strangers together, even across racial boundaries. But internet users of the same race have recently begun clustering on certain social media websites.

Micro-blogging website Twitter has seen an upsurge in traffic from Hispanic and African-American audiences. These groups now claim about 30% of the site's user base, according to third-party statistics website

Meanwhile, white users claim 90% of US traffic on, while has seen an over-representation of Asian Americans as of late.

Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd says though experts once thought the internet would help destroy racial barriers, "all of the divisions that exist in every day life, including those by race and class, actually re-emerge online".

Produced by the BBC's Matt Danzico