"I stand up for us". Muslims’ feelings of stigmatization in response to terrorism on social media

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Abstract

Terrorism has the potential to divide societies. It is particularly relevant to investigate how Islamist terrorism on social media is associated with Muslim minorities’ attitudes and behaviors. This study examined how seeing terrorism on social media relates to Muslim minority individuals’ perceived stigmatization. We further investigated how perceived stigmatization translates to social media behaviors, namely, terror-related online self-disclosure and correction of false information about religion. A survey among German Muslims (N = 432) showed that social media use for information about terrorism was positively associated with perceived stigmatization. This relationship was moderated by individuals’ national identity, but not religious identity. Perceived stigmatization, in turn, positively predicted terror-related online self-disclosure and correction of false information about religion. The findings accentuate the role of social media use for minorities to cope and stand up for their in-group in the face of terror.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
FachzeitschriftNew Media & Society
Frühes Online-Datum22 März 2024
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PublikationsstatusElektronische Veröffentlichung vor Drucklegung - 22 März 2024

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