Where do Angry Birds Tweet? Abstract

This paper analyses the influence of real-world socioeconomic and institutional features on cyberhate. Exploiting a novel dataset on Italian geo-tagged tweets, empirical estimation finds strong evidence of the effects of economic inequality on cyberhate: (i) the more unequal the place, the more online intolerant behaviours increase, even when we control for the potential endogeneity of income inequality; (ii) self-interest values transmitted along family generations are positively associated with online hate. Additionally, we find that economic insecurity represents a risk factor for online hate. Results are robust to different model specifications.