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Political discussions on Twitter during elections are dominated by those with extreme views

Barberá, Pablo and Rivero, Gonzalo (2014) Political discussions on Twitter during elections are dominated by those with extreme views. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (09 Dec 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

What do discussions on social media platforms tell us about political behaviour? Pablo Barberá and Gonzalo Rivero outline results from a study of 12,000 Spanish Twitter users during the 2011 Spanish general election and 50,000 American Twitter users during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. They find that users who were on the extreme left or right of an ideological scale played a disproportionately large part in political discussions during the election campaigns. They suggest that caution should therefore be exercised in using Twitter as a reliable source for gauging public opinion.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 09:12
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71593

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