Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2014
Originally published 2015 by Damian Radcliffe, Social Media in the Middle East: The Story of 2014
16 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2017
Date Written: January 11, 2015
Ever since the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, there has been considerable interest in the role that social media plays in the Middle East, and how this enabling technology can act as a tool for discourse and information sharing. Although the role of social media as an agent for cultural and political change in the region is probably overstated, there is no doubt that this remains a vibrant and fast moving environment.
This report captures some of the key regional developments in this arena during 2014. It looks at major platforms and social media behaviours, pulling together insights from a wide variety of research and media.
Keywords: social media, social networking, Arab Spring, Middle East, MENA, Middle East and North Africa, Arab World, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, mobile, YouTube, video content, media habits, media consumption, social news, Second Screen, Internet Governance, network society
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