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The Brexit battle on Facebook: assessing echo chambers and polarisation

Bossetta, Michael, Segesten, Anamaria Dutceac and Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2018) The Brexit battle on Facebook: assessing echo chambers and polarisation. LSE Brexit (19 Jun 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Does online campaigning foster 'echo chambers' and exacerbate the polarisation of society? On Facebook, Leave and Remain supporters behaved very differently. Pro-Remain users commented mainly on like-minded Facebook pages. By avoiding confrontation with their political opponents, Remainers showed behaviour characteristic of an 'echo chamber'. In contrast, Leavers spread their messages on pages spanning the ideological spectrum, and they sought to incite confrontation by frequently posting on the walls of their ideological adversaries. Michael Bossetta (University of Copenhagen), Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Lund University) and Hans-Jörg Trenz (University of Copenhagen) chart citizens’ media and campaign cross-posting behaviour to examine patterns of political participation on Facebook.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2018/06/19/the-brexi...
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors; Online
Divisions: European Institute
Government
School of Public Policy
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Institute of Public Affairs
Collections > LSE Brexit
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 17:03
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2019 23:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90800

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