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They didn't change their content, they kept tweeting the same as usual, but suddenly, the white guys noticed they were getting called the n-word all the time and they were getting the worst kind of online abuse, whereas the black women all of a sudden noticed things got a lot more pleasant for them.

Is "they were getting called" correct or a author made a mistake and he should have used "they were being called"?

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    In US colloquial English get very often replaces be as the passive auxiliary. – StoneyB on hiatus Oct 21 '15 at 12:50
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    It's not a "mistake". Using get instead of be in such contexts is probably more common in AmE than BrE, and to my mind it's slightly more "informal, colloquial", but essentially it's "normal usage". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 21 '15 at 12:50
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    I'd call it common but wrong. – G. Ann - SonarSource Team Oct 21 '15 at 21:25

In formal writing, this would be wrong and it should be "being called" or simple "were called".

In informal writing, this wouldn't necessarily be wrong: "getting" replacing "being" is, as mentioned in a comment on the question, a reasonably common colloquial usage in the US: or at least in certain areas in the US.

In British English it would almost always be wrong unless being deliberately used as slang.

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