Germany sees 20 per cent rise in anti-Semitic crime in 2018

Germany sees 20 per cent rise in anti-Semitic crime in 2018

Germany reported anti-Semitic crime rose by almost 20 per cent in 2018. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said around 90 per cent of the 1,800 recorded incidents were perpetrated by supporters of far-right groups. Seehofer added, ’This is a development that we have to confront, especially in this country’, explaining it was a job for the police as well as the society.

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"We study the case of Germany, where the recently emerged right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has developed a major social media presence. We show that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook predicts violent crimes against refugees in municipalities with higher social media usage. To establish causality, we exploit exogenous variation in major internet and Facebook outages, which fully undo the correlation between social media and hate crime. We further find that the effect does not hold for sentiment unrelated to refugees; increases with user network interactions; and decreases with distracting news events. Our results suggest that social media can act as a propagation mechanism between online hate speech and real-life violent crime." https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3082972

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