New “study” shows AfD and Trump posts spur anti-refugee attacks

A new academic study has found a direct correlation between social media posts by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and hate crime in Germany — to the extent that localized internet outages actually resulted in a reduction in hate crimes in some areas.

Karsten Müller and Carlo Schwarz of the University of Warwick in the UK collected data from the AfD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to “show that right-wing anti-refugee sentiment … predicts violent crimes against refugees in otherwise similar municipalities with higher social media usage.”

Not only that, the study, entitled “Fanning the Flames of Hate: Social Media and Hate Crime,” found that “the effect is strongly reduced for municipalities experiencing internet outages in a given week.” The academics also found evidence that Donald Trump’s tweets predicted hate crimes against specific minorities he mentioned — an effect that has been heightened since Trump became US president.

Don’t you just love that the implied recommendation is that internet be shut- down.

  • Bla Bla

    We all know who needs to be shut down, and it’s not the internet.

  • terrence22

    “A new academic study has found a direct correlation” RUBBISH; REAL ACADEMICS KNOW CORRELATION SAYS NOTHING ABOUT CAUSATION.

  • tom_billesley

    Of course, muslim threats and attacks wouldn’t be the direct cause of both AfD posts and the supposed “hate crimes”. No point in investigating that.

    • k1992

      Next up: a study of possible correlation between violence perpetrated by muslims and islamic teachings. Somehow I doubt this one will ever get done.

  • Tooth&Claw

    I despise the way they imply that Trump should shut up. They need to go self pleasure themselves in other ways.

  • J. C.

    Of course, when the ‘refugees’ commit ‘untoward’ acts, it’s never ‘hate’ crimes…

  • k1962

    I’m sorry, what about all of the rape crimes committed by the economic migrants? Those get a pass?