WHEN YOU CAN'T TUBE… IMPACT OF A MAJOR YOUTUBE OUTAGE ON RAPES
María Gibbons and
Economic Inquiry, 2021, vol. 59, issue 2, 762-775
On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, YouTube experienced a major and rare global service outage. Using high‐frequency crime data from the United States, we document an important increase in rapes in the 24‐hour period following the outage. We investigate various potential underlying channels that may link the YouTube outage to the subsequent observed increase in rapes. The overall evidence only supports the hypothesis that the increase in rapes was driven by an increase in pornography viewing. (JEL D91, K42, L82)
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