The Oxford Internet Institute will host Carlo Schwarz from the University of Warwick for the talk ‘Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime’.
About the Talk
The presentation will focus on joint research by Carlo Schwarz and Karsten Müller that investigates the link between social media and hate crime using Facebook data.
For example, Germany, where the recently emerged right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has developed a major social media presence and where research shows that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook predicts violent crimes against refugees in municipalities with higher social media usage.
In another study, research found suggestive evidence that a similar mechanism might be at work in the US during the presidential campaign of Donald Trump with a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes since Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been concentrated in counties with high Twitter usage. In the time series, Trump’s Tweets on Islam-related topics are highly correlated with anti-Muslim hate crime after, but not before his presidential campaign, and are uncorrelated with other hate crimes.
About the Speaker
Carlo Schwarz is a PhD student at the University of Warwick. His research interests are in the field of applied microeconomics and political economy, with a focus on text analysis and machine learning. After graduating from the University of Mannheim, Carlo joined the 2+4 MRes/PhD program at the University of Warwick. His recent research focused on the adverse effects of social media, in particular the transmission of hateful sentiment against minorities.