Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests
One thing stuck out. Towns where
Facebook use was higher than average, like Altena, reliably experienced
more attacks on refugees. That held true in virtually any sort of
community — big city or small town; affluent or struggling; liberal
haven or far-right stronghold — suggesting that the link applies
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.
Nationwide, the researchers estimated in an interview, this effect drove one-tenth of all anti-refugee violence.
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.
Other experts, asked to review the findings, called them credible, rigorous — and disturbing. […]
Such links would be indirect, researchers say, but begin with the algorithm that determines each user’s newsfeed.
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.
is how anti-refugee sentiment — which combines fear of social change
with us-versus-them rallying cries, two powerful forces on the algorithm
— can seem unusually common on Facebook, even in a pro-refugee town
Ban Facebook. Now. Delete your account, leave this toxic company behind.
At the very least, make it accountable for all the hate speech and racist nonsense that it shelters to get more eyeballs and offer advertisers more compliant consumers.
Facebook must be destroyed, for our humanity, for the sake of innocent people targeted by neo-nazis. This is not hyperbole, this is a fact.