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The Contribution of Facebook to the 2011 Tunisian Revolution: A Cyberpsychological Insight

Abstract : The influence of Facebook in social life keeps constantly growing. Recently, the communication of information has been vital to the success of the Tunisian revolution, and Facebook was its main ``catalyst.'' This study examines the key reasons that explain Facebook's contribution to this historical event, as perceived by Tunisian Internet users. To do so, we launched this study 5 days after the fall of the regime using an online questionnaire in which participants (N=333) first rated the importance of Facebook in the Tunisian revolution and then explained the reasons for their ratings. A cluster analysis based on the Euclidean distance between the most frequent words in the participants' text corpus (6,640 words), revealed three main clusters that we interpret as follows: 1: Facebook political function, 2: Facebook informational function, and 3: Facebook media platform function. It is likely that these factors reflect the dynamic of Tunisian cyberspace and the Tunisian Internet users' collective consciousness during the revolution.
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Yousri Marzouki, Ines Skandrani-Marzouki, Moez Bejaoui, Haythem Hammoudi, Tarek Bellaj. The Contribution of Facebook to the 2011 Tunisian Revolution: A Cyberpsychological Insight. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Mary Ann Liebert, 2012, 15 (5), pp.237-244. ⟨10.1089/cyber.2011.0177⟩. ⟨hal-01439702⟩



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