This is my fourth annual report on the state of social media in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The report looks at data from a wide variety of public sources to identify trends in usage, controversies and wider developments across Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other networks.
As in previous years, there continues to be a strong interest in the fast-moving social media scene in the Middle East. In 2015, the rise of ISIS and a number of challenges around issues related to Freedom of Expression in the region, have added new dimensions to these debates; as has the rise of relatively newer social media channels such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat.
This round-up builds on previous efforts covering 2012, 2013 and 2014, to provide a comprehensive analysis of the available research in this space. You can download the document here. It’s also available on Scribd, SlideShare and Academia.edu.