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.