Trend watch: Facebook in the Middle East

A summary of how the Middle East used Facebook in 2019

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Image source: www.thenational.ae

Arab Youth + Facebook

“…Social media is trusted ‘to do the right thing’ more than traditional media among young Arabs, with 60% stating they had trust in social media (to do the right thing)… This compares with 55% of respondents saying they had trust in traditional media (TV, newspapers, radio).”

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Daily News sources for Arab Youth. Via: Arab Youth Survey 2019

Varying usage

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Facebook penetration among Arab Nationals, 2013 vs. 2018. Via: Northwestern University in Qatar

Fake News and Misinformation

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This video claims to show a huge celebration of the Prophet’s birthday in Indonesia. AFP reports: “In fact, it shows an election festival of presidential candidate Prabhu Supianto in Indonesia, with prayers, prayers and religious songs.”

This is an extract from a 55-page report about the trends if social media in the Middle East during 2019. You can access the full report here: https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/25119

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