Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime

@article{Mller2020FanningTF,
  title={Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime},
  author={Karsten M{\"u}ller and Carlo Schwarz},
  journal={Political Economy - Development: Public Service Delivery eJournal},
  year={2020}
}
This paper investigates the link between social media and hate crime using Facebook data. We study the case of Germany, where the recently emerged right-wing party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) has developed a major social media presence. We show that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook predicts violent crimes against refugees in otherwise similar municipalities with higher social media usage. To further establish causality, we exploit exogenous variation in major internet and… 
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