The recent tensions in Jerusalem triggered very significant online engagement among the Muslim public sphere. Global digital political engagement trends through two weeks of the Temple Mount clashes give us three main insights on the future of foreign policy and social media.
First, Arabic hashtags, rather than English ones, were shared most widely, driving the digital expression of the Al-Aqsa crisis. This gives us some insight on the role of digital language, as well as local versus external agenda-setting diffusion in digital crises. Second, countries with already high levels of digital political activity (instead of the origin point of incidents) tend to dominate and even lead online agenda during global crises.… Seguir leyendo »