As social media responsibility continues to come under attack a new report suggests that anti-refugee attacks in Germany were led with help from Facebook.
The report, explored by The New York Times, found when “per-person Facebook use” rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by nearly 50 percent.
Researchers at the University of Warwick said the numbers hold true regardless of a communities “size, affluence, or politics of a town.”
The study focused on 3,335 anti-refugee attacks in Germany over a two-year span. Researchers say messaging on Facebook drove one-tenth of all anti-refugee violence in Germany.
“You can get this impression that there is widespread community support for violence,” said Betsy Paluck, a Princeton University social psychologist. “And that changes your idea of whether, if you acted, you wouldn’t be acting alone.”
Many of the attacks were driven by “super posters” who tend to be “more opinionated, more extreme, more engaged, more everything,” Andrew Guess, a Princeton University social scientist, told the NYTimes.
You can read stories about the Facebook directed violence HERE.