Carlo Schwarz (Bocconi University)
The presentation will provide an overview of research on the impact of social media on hate crime. In particular, the presentation will focus on two recent case studies: 1) anti-refugee hate crime during the 2016 refugee crisis in Germany and 2) anti-Muslim hate crime in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential run. In the case of Germany, anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook predicts crimes against refugees in otherwise similar municipalities with higher social media usage. A causal relationship is established exploiting exogenous variation in the timing of major Facebook and internet outages. With regards to Donald Trump’s presidential run, the presentation will show that a one standard deviation increase in Twitter usage is associated with a 32% larger increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes since the 2016 presidential primaries. Further, Trump's tweets about Islam-related topics predict increases in xenophobic tweets by his followers, cable news attention paid to Muslims, and hate crimes on the following days.
Adam Cooper (Humanitarian Dialogue)
Milena Djourelova (Pompeu Fabra University)
Marina Petrova (Bocconi University)