Tweeting beyond Tahrir

Alexandra A. Siegel, Jonathan Nagler, Richard Bonneau, Joshua A. Tucker

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Abstract

Do online social networks affect political tolerance in the highly polarized climate of postcoup Egypt? Taking advantage of the real-time networked structure of Twitter data, the authors find that not only is greater network diversity associated with lower levels of intolerance, but also that longer exposure to a diverse network is linked to less expression of intolerance over time. The authors find that this relationship persists in both elite and non-elite diverse networks. Exploring the mechanisms by which network diversity might affect tolerance, the authors offer suggestive evidence that social norms in online networks may shape individuals' propensity to publicly express intolerant attitudes. The findings contribute to the political tolerance literature and enrich the ongoing debate over the relationship between online echo chambers and political attitudes and behavior by providing new insights from a repressive authoritarian context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-274
Number of pages32
JournalWorld Politics
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Egypt
  • Twitter
  • political tolerance
  • social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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