Fake news: the effects of social media disinformation on domestic terrorism
This study tests whether social media disinformation contributes to domestic terrorism within countries. I theorize that disinformation disseminated by political actors online through social media heightens political polarization within countries and that this, in turn, produces an environment where domestic terrorism is more likely to occur. I test this theory using data from more than 150 countries for the period 2000–2017. I find that propagation of disinformation through social media drives domestic terrorism. Using mediation tests I also verify that disinformation disseminated through social media increases domestic terrorism by, among other processes, enhancing political polarization within society.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict on 2022-01-02, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17467586.2021.1895263.
|Work Title||Fake news: the effects of social media disinformation on domestic terrorism|
|License||CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)|
|Publication Date||January 1, 2021|
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|Deposited||February 17, 2023|
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