Landmark study in Germany scrutinized every anti-refugee attack in the country, 3,335 in 2 yrs, concluded that wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.
What if Facebook’s effects are broader and more pernicious than hate speech or fake news? What if it scrambles the way entire communities determine right-or-wrong? What if it could be linked, by hard empirical data, to a national epidemic of violence?
So I've been reading the paper behind this NYT story, and I don't think the paper says what the NYT says it does
This research suggests that Facebook specifically drove 1/10th of anti-refugee violence in Germany, after accounting for a bunch of other factors. Didn't correlate with general web use, just Facebook
A staggering story about how Facebook incites people to violence, based on an important new study. Outstanding work from and
1st proper academic study I’ve seen which examines link between Facebook use & offline violence. Results are remarkable: controlling for other factors, where per-person Facebook use was 1 standard devotion above average, anti-refugee attacks went up 50%.
"Landmark" study finds that in places where Facebook use is highest, violence against outsiders increases by 50 percent:
Facebook isolates us from moderating voices or authority figures, siphons us into like-minded groups and, through its algorithm, promotes content that engages our base emotions.
"Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent."
"More opinionated, more extreme, more engaged, more everything": How Facebook fuels real-world racial violence, according to groundbreaking new research from Germany
Amazing. Their reams of data converged on a breathtaking statistic: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.
Facebook may have fueled Germany's spate of anti-refugee violence, according to a detailed new study
"Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.”
Absolute must read on research detailing how Facebook, specifically, stokes anti-immigrant sentiment.
“Sure enough, whenever internet access went down in an area with high Facebook use, attacks on refugees dropped significantly.” Let’s stipulate that correlation isn’t causation ... it’s a heck of a correlation.
As the article says, a “breathtaking” study. Looked at all 3,335 anti-refugee attacks in Germany over 2 years. Wherever Facebook use was significantly above the national average, attacks on refugees were 50% higher. The effect “was particular to Facebook.”
"Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests" "Without Facebook, Violence Drops"
This is an incredible finding. Researchers examine attacks against refugees in Germany. Examine income, newspaper readerships, wealth, etc. One metric sticks out: above average use of Facebook. Not general internet; just FB. Attacks +50% in those areas
This is dark and fascinating. Research showing how Facebook 'scrambles users’ perceptions of outsiders, of reality, even of right and wrong' and appears to cause a rise in attacks on refugees. 'Superposters' drive a damaging discourse.
I know we're all consumed with Trump-adjacent news but I implore you to make time for this story about how Facebook use is uniquely correlated with violence against refugees. Wanted to screenshot every other paragraph, but really you should read every word
Wow: "whenever internet access went down in an area with high Facebook use, attacks on refugees dropped significantly" Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
In case you missed this, a damning study of how FB encourages warped views of reality that translates into real world violence: in Germany, high FB use was the number one factor that led to increased attacks on refugees (in some cases increases of 50%).
Breathtaking statistic from Germany: Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent. #mustread
Facebook is an engine of ethnic anxiety.
Bringing the world closer together “Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.”
Facebook scrambles community social norms, isolating us from moderating voices or authority figures. New study correlates Facebook use with anti-refugee violence in Germany. Fascinating story by and
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
"That algorithm is built around a core mission: promote content that will maximize user engagement. Posts that tap into negative, primal emotions like anger or fear, studies have found, perform best and so proliferate."
Holy moley. "Wherever per-person Facebook use (in German towns) rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent."
"Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent."
Very disturbing. The NYT emphasizes weaker correlational analysis comparing places with more or less Facebook use. Will people read to the end describing much more definitive data on the effect of Internet outages on violence? This should’ve been upfront.
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
There are more such sites, in my experience on the (alt)Right, but there are a substantial number on the (far)Left, too. 6/6
"Everyone here has seen Facebook rumors portraying refugees as a threat. They’ve encountered racist vitriol on local pages, a jarring contrast with Altena’s public spaces, where people wave warmly to refugee families."
absolutely essential reading, discuss remarkable findings of social media & violence correlation, "Preference Bubbles" amplify confirmation, implicit bias, exasperating digital tribalism resulting in real world effects
Researchers studied every anti-refugee attack in Germany, 3,335 in total, over a two-year period. They looked at every variable. "Towns where Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced more attacks on refugees."
Wichtige, deprimierende Studie: Hate speech auf Facebook, mit Verbindung zur #AfD, trägt substanziell zu Attacken gegen Geflüchtete bei. #in
this is frightening, via : "Wherever per-person use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent." #Refugees
An important empirical study: “the platform makes communities more prone to racial violence.”
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
Study: is fueling anti-refugee attacks in Germany #refugeeswelcome #algorithms c
"The uptick in violence did not correlate with general web use or other related factors; this was not about the internet as an open platform for mobilization or communication. It was particular to Facebook."
A must-read: “Karsten Müller & Carlo Schwarz, researchers at the University of Warwick, scrutinized every anti-refugee attack in Germany, 3,335 in all, over a two-year span... 1 thing stuck out...”
How Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany
What is the relationship between social media usage and anti-refugee violence? This study and its potential implications are fascinating. However, it raises almost as many questions as it answers. This is a growth area for research.
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany. Working paper suggests that 10% of the violence against refugees can be explained by Facebook use. Study used weekly data on a municipal level. The effect is gone when internet or Facebook is down.
Facebook May Have Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Shows via
Facebook fueled anti-refugee attacks in Germany, new research suggests: Nationwide, the researchers estimated in an interview, this effect drove one-tenth of all anti-refugee violence
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests - The New York Times
People conform to social norms and that helps constrain bad behavior, explains former ⁦⁩ Scholar ⁦⁩, but Facebook scrambles that process by giving people the impression that support for violence is widespread.
This is fascinating & important research: study suggests that Facebook fuels attacks on refugees
"Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent."
In German towns with higher Facebook usage there were more attacks on refugees, according to Warwick University researchers. Social media really does amplify and encourage extremism
Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
Really dark: big study finds *very* direct correlation between more Facebook use and more attacks on refugees. "Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent."
Social media and perceptions of otherness. Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests, via
Is hate on FaceBook 'causing' attacks on immigrants in Germany?