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Arabic tweets point to U.S. influence as fuel for anti-Americanism

Analyzing millions of Arabic tweets offers insights into how residents of the Middle East view the United States. (Illustration by Kyle McKernan, Office of Communications, Princeton)

Analyzing millions of Arabic tweets offers insights into how residents of the Middle East view the United States. (Illustration by Kyle McKernan, Office of Communications, Princeton)

An analysis of millions of Arabic-language tweets confirms high levels of anti-Americanism there, provides new and interesting information about attitudes in the Middle East toward particular U.S. actions, and charts a path for using Twitter to measure public sentiment in ways opinion polls cannot. 

The findings also highlight policy challenges — and opportunities — for the United States in the Middle East, said Amaney Jamal, a professor of politics at Princeton University who conducted the research with colleagues at Princeton and Harvard University.

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