State of Social Media, Middle East: 2018

40 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2020

See all articles by Damian Radcliffe

Damian Radcliffe

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication; Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies; The Tow Center for Digital Journalism part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University

Payton Bruni

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, Students

Date Written: January 30, 2019

Abstract

This report is the seventh in an annual series of publications showcasing the latest developments, trends and research in social media usage across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Notable trends from the past year include: the continued popularity of Facebook and Facebook-owned products, especially with Arab Youth, as well as increasing challenges to online freedom of expression in many parts of the region. Saudi Arabia continues to be a social media powerhouse, being one of the biggest national markets for Snapchat and YouTube in the world. Meanwhile, the rise of social media influencers has met with some pushback; from regulation in UAE, to more tragic and threatening responses in Iraq.

This report explores these developments, as well as emerging questions about the rise of fake news on social media, and the role that social networks are playing in Yemen’s civil war.

Using a wide variety of academic, industry and media sources, this White Paper features key insights from social media’s development over the previous year.

Keywords: Middle East, MENA, Arab World, Social Media, Social Networking

JEL Classification: O53

Suggested Citation

Radcliffe, Damian and Bruni, Payton, State of Social Media, Middle East: 2018 (January 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3334515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3334515

Damian Radcliffe (Contact Author)

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication ( email )

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United States

HOME PAGE: http://journalism.uoregon.edu/member/radcliffe-damian/

Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/201298-radcliffe-damian

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University ( email )

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New York, NY 10027
United States

HOME PAGE: http://towcenter.org/academics/damian-radcliffe/

Payton Bruni

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, Students ( email )

Eugene, OR
United States

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