Why is Social Media so Lethally Effective in Inciting Terror?
Israel National News
Dr. Sheldon Himelfarb, president of The PeaceTech Lab in Washington D.C., is one of the foremost experts in the United States on the role social media plays in both peace building and terrorism.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, he noted that while it is difficult to gauge preciselyhow much of an impact social media has played in inciting violence as opposed to other platforms, previous studies clearly attest to the power of social media as a "medium to mobilize people for unified action on the streets." He cited in particular two studies his group carried out during popular protest movements in Egypt and Syria - the latter of which has long since evolved into a brutal civil war.