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52% of Jordanians spend 30 minutes more on social media than global average

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AMMAN — More than half of Jordanians spend more than three hours per day on social media platforms, according to a recent study by Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development. The center held a public discussion of the study’s findings on Tuesday, local news outlets reported.اضافة اعلان

Entitled “Measuring the Level of Jordanians’ Knowledge of Hate Speech and Misleading and False Information on Social Media Platforms”, the study targeted 2,851 respondents from all governorates.

The results of the study showed that the most popular platform for Jordanians is Facebook, and the least popular is Twitter, with 52 percent of respondents saying that they spend more than three hours per day on social media platforms, while 39 percent say they spend one to three hours, and only 9 percent say they spend less than one hour per day.

Research by Global WebIndex in July shows that globally, 59 percent of the world’s population uses social media. The average daily usage is 2 hours and 29 minutes.

The Jordanian study included a question about reactions of users of social media platforms to reading news, with 17 percent saying that they only read the headlines, while 32 percent said they follow the comments on the news and that their personal opinions are affected by such comments. About 32 percent said that they read the entire news article and are not satisfied with the headlines that are posted on social media platforms.

The study concluded that 75 percent of Jordanians share news on social media platforms, of whom only 17 percent express an opinion about the news they share. About 25 percent of Jordanians said that they do not share any news on social media platforms.
33% believe education and awareness are the most appropriate means to combat hate speech
With regard to verifying the authenticity of published news, 17 percent of Jordanians said that they do not have time to verify the authenticity of the news they read, while 13 percent said they do not know how to do that, and 18 percent said they share news published by people or entities that they trust.

The results showed that 51 percent of Jordanians think they know the concept of hate speech in an average way, while 20 percent said they know the concept of hate speech to a limited extent, and 29 percent said they know the concept of hate speech to a great extent.

Regarding reactions when exposed to any form of hate speech, 18 percent indicated that they deleted the comments, while 24 percent said they left the comments that contain hate speech and did not delete or respond to them. About 24 percent said they kept the comments but responded to them, while the percentage of those who responded by communicating directly with the concerned person through private messages was 19 percent. Six percent said that they had filed a complaint with the Cybercrime Unit, and 9 percent said they had submitted a report to the social media platform against the person concerned.

With regard to the role of the Cybercrime Unit in combating hate speech, 37 percent of Jordanians said its role was excellent, 12 percent said its role was weak, and 18 percent said they do not know about the Cybercrime Unit.

When respondents were asked about the most effective means of combating hate speech, it was found that 33 percent of Jordanians believe that education and awareness are the most appropriate means, while 27 percent said that penalties should be tightened, and 19 percent said that there is a need to tighten control over social media sites, while 21 percent considered that there is a need to improve policies for managing content posted on social media platforms.




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