Terrorism and Social Media: Global Evidence

Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 22(3), pp. 208-228 (2019).

29 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2019 Last revised: 25 Jul 2019

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Stella-Maris Orim

Coventry University - School of Engineering, Environment and Computing

Rexon Tayong Nting

Bangor University - University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)

Date Written: January 1, 2019

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Social Media; Terrorism

JEL Classification: D83; O30; D74

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Orim, Stella-Maris and Nting, Rexon Tayong, Terrorism and Social Media: Global Evidence (January 1, 2019). Journal of Global Information Technology Management, 22(3), pp. 208-228 (2019). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3393855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3393855

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Stella-Maris Orim

Coventry University - School of Engineering, Environment and Computing ( email )

United Kingdom

Rexon Tayong Nting

Bangor University - University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) ( email )

United Kingdom

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