Terrorism and social media: global evidence

Simplice Asongu, Stella-Maris Orim, Rexon T. Nting

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The study assesses the relationship between terrorism and social media from a cross section of 148 countries with data for the year 2012. The empirical evidence is based on Ordinary Least Squares, Negative Binomial and Quantile regressions. The main finding is that there is a positive relationship between social media in terms of Facebook penetration and terrorism.
The positive relationship is driven by below-median quantiles of terrorism. In other words, countries in which existing levels of terrorism are low are more significantly associated with a positive Facebook-terrorism nexus. The established positive relationship is confirmed from other externalities of terrorism: terrorism fatalities, terrorism incidents, terrorism injuries and
terrorism-related property damages. The terrorism externalities are constituents of the composite dependent variable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-228
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Global Information Technology Management
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in ' Journal of Global Information Technology Management on 14/07/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/ 10.1080/1097198X.2019.1642023

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  • Social Media
  • Terrorism


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