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03 July 2012

Social media fans flames of social unrest

Research suggests that uncensored social media makes citizens experience less violence and longer periods of peace between outbursts than communities subject to censorship.

Is social media censorship a means to quell a modern uprising? Some politicians and law enforcers during the political turbulence of 2011 thought so but recent research suggests that uncensored citizens experience less violence and longer periods of peace between outbursts than communities subject to censorship.

These new findings appear in the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, published by SAGE.

How the research was done

In Casilli and Tubaro's computer simulation, censorship narrows down vision. It interrupts the flow of communication and decreases the ability of individuals to appreciate their environment. In this sense, censorship blinds social actors to their own context.

 
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