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Bots are Less Central than Verified Accounts during Contentious Political Events

Sandra González-Bailón, Manlio De Domenico
2020 Social Science Research Network  
We show that verified accounts are significantly more visible than unverified bots in the coverage of the events but also that bots attract more attention than human accounts.  ...  Here, we assess the impact that bots had on the dissemination of content during two contentious political events that evolved in real time on social media.  ...  González-Bailón and De Domenico https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2013443118 Bots are less central than verified accounts during contentious political events Downloaded by guest on June 6, 2021  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.3637121 fatcat:5ba7l4nkd5dl7cqdawyyy2l6zm

Bots fired: examining social bot evidence in online mass shooting conversations

Ross Schuchard, Andrew Crooks, Anthony Stefanidis, Arie Croitoru
2019 Palgrave Communications  
Furthermore, while social bots accounted for fewer than 1% of total corpus user contributors, social network analysis centrality measures identified many bots with significant prominence in the conversation  ...  Social bots, or automated software agents, are one such risk, as they can serve to amplify or distort potential narratives associated with extreme events such as mass shootings.  ...  The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S.  ... 
doi:10.1057/s41599-019-0359-x fatcat:cyxvuvvtcrbqrphgwkv2iy7unq

Popular with the Robots: Accusation and Automation in the Argentine Presidential Elections, 2015

Tanya Filer, Rolf Fredheim
2016 International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society  
different types of political event occurring in the same country.  ...  a Twitter campaign via '50,000' fake accounts.  ...  occur more than the type of event itself.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10767-016-9233-7 fatcat:rwiocywdb5dbblyo46bcqa4igm

Popular with the Robots: Accusation and Automation in the Argentine Presidential Elections, 2015

Tanya Filer, Rolf Fredheim
2015 Social Science Research Network  
different types of political event occurring in the same country.  ...  a Twitter campaign via '50,000' fake accounts.  ...  occur more than the type of event itself.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2700809 fatcat:ysv4b7xttbe6bpnlasj5d3543y

Promoting and countering misinformation during Australia's 2019-2020 bushfires: A case study of polarisation [article]

Derek Weber and Lucia Falzon and Lewis Mitchell and Mehwish Nasim
2022 arXiv   pre-print
Here we study Twitter communities spreading this misinformation during the population-level event, and investigate the role of online communities and bots.  ...  Though we did not find many bots, the most bot-like accounts were social bots, which present as genuine humans.  ...  Here we study Twitter communities spreading this misinformation during the population-level event, and investigate the role of online communities and bots.  ... 
arXiv:2201.03153v1 fatcat:kscqfhdnkvas7pqb25jdha2y4i

Towards Understanding the Information Ecosystem Through the Lens of Multiple Web Communities [article]

Savvas Zannettou
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Also, we lack an understanding of what the role and impact of emerging communities and services on the Web are, and how such communities are exploited by bad actors that spread false and weaponized information  ...  The Web consists of numerous Web communities, news sources, and services, which are often exploited by various entities for the dissemination of false information.  ...  ., if an event spans 100 days, the missing Twitter data has less of an effect than if the event only spanned two days.  ... 
arXiv:1911.10517v1 fatcat:piuwv7zv7zghlof5tqhuhnukla

Sourcing and Automation of Political News and Information During Three European Elections

Lisa-Maria Neudert, Philip Howard, Bence Kollanyi
2019 Social Media + Society  
To understand what users are sharing in their political communication, we analyzed large volumes of political conversation over a major social media platform—in real-time and native languages during campaign  ...  information including political parties and government agencies are in decline.  ...  on Political Discourse in Europe," Proposal 648311, 2015-2020, Philip N.  ... 
doi:10.1177/2056305119863147 fatcat:avpcvlufezfybbwovykvt6vd5i

#Iranvotes: Political Discourse on Iranian Twitter During the 2016 Parliamentary Elections

James Marchant, Amin Sabeti, Kyle Bowen, John Kelly, Rebekah Heacock Jones
2016 Social Science Research Network  
Although they sometimes engage with topical issues and news events, they are generally less interested in such topics compared to the more overtly political segments of the network.  ...  mean the relationships are much less 47 Marc A.  ...  The most significant trend we can identify is that reformist-oriented campaigns are far more widely shared and effective than their conservative counterparts.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2799271 fatcat:q4lhoodwsvdmzevobtslgxpni4

Networked Gatekeeping and Networked Framing on #Egypt

Sharon Meraz, Zizi Papacharissi
2013 The International Journal of Press/Politics  
prior seminal work that places emphasis on news framing and its relevance to sociocultural context, this study describes, maps, and explains evolving patterns of communication on Twitter through the events  ...  Actors who are buoyed up to prominence or eliteness by the gatekeeping actions of the network are able to generate larger informational cascades or social contagion to their information flows than ordinary  ...  In times of political uprisings, it is important to remember that these are human revolutions, ultimately enabled by human cost and sacrifice (York 2011; Zuckerman 2011) .  ... 
doi:10.1177/1940161212474472 fatcat:f3z5oex6xvcxdf2jdbsldhemp4

Prophets and Loss: How "Soft Facts" on Social Media Influenced the Brexit Campaign and Social Reactions to the Murder of Jo Cox MP

Diyana Dobreva, Daniel Grinnell, Martin Innes
2019 Policy & Internet  
By developing the concept of "digital prophecy," the article explores how influence is exerted by online prophets who were connecting current events to past grievances, to advance negative predictions  ...  There is a growing appreciation that digital communications environments are especially conducive to the dissemination of these kinds of information.  ...  These thirty communities divided into two classes: those characterized by one highly central user who was the original poster of more than 90 percent of the communities' reposting activities (type 1),  ... 
doi:10.1002/poi3.203 fatcat:ry7by6taebdwddvh76ci3wajjm

Organization in the crowd: peer production in large-scale networked protests

W. Lance Bennett, Alexandra Segerberg, Shawn Walker
2014 Information, Communication & Society  
Although local issues and political contexts differed dramatically, all of the uprisings were characterized by local physical occupations and protest activities in which core participants were linked by  ...  How are crowd-enabled networks activated, structured, and maintained in the absence of recognized leaders, common goals, or conventional organization, issue framing, and action coordination?  ...  We cannot verify that they were city-related accounts.  ... 
doi:10.1080/1369118x.2013.870379 fatcat:pkai65h7cbaxnietpn2ehsuceu

Internet, Social Media and Conflict Studies Can Greater Interdisciplinarity Solve the Analytical Deadlocks in Cybersecurity Research? [article]

H. Akin Unver
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Then, it moves onto a more detailed account of how digital conflict studies have been addressing some of these deadlocks by focusing individually on the literature on onset, mobilization, targeting, intensity  ...  article concludes with the suggestion that the cybersecurity scholarship could move past its own deadlocks by building more granular and dedicated research datasets and establishing mechanisms to share event  ...  Absent of a long-term, scientific event dataset, cybersecurity researchers of IR have to work with an ambiguous sample of cybersecurity events that will structurally remain insufficient for robust theory-building  ... 
arXiv:1905.01777v1 fatcat:bp5zwx3cqrgdjgnc27cgv6tyku

Spontaneous Collective Action: Peripheral Mobilization During the Arab Spring

ZACHARY C. STEINERT-THRELKELD
2017 American Political Science Review  
Models of disease and information diffusion suggest that those central to a social network (the core) should have a greater ability to mobilize others than those who are less well-connected.  ...  Those on the periphery are shown to be responsible for changing levels of protest, with some evidence suggesting that the core's mobilization efforts lead to fewer protests.  ...  media organization (Vodafone and Wikileaks are their examples), bloggers, activists, digerati, political actors, celebrities, researchers, bots, and a residual category.  ... 
doi:10.1017/s0003055416000769 fatcat:kg4tx5utyjhoffrf7awzolh6sy

Post-Truth: Hegemony on Social Media and Implications for Sustainability Communication

Cecilia Jaques, Mine Islar, Gavin Lord
2019 Sustainability  
Misinformation campaigns are distorting the line between fact and falsity on social media platforms, and there has been a profound shift in the way that social media users consume and interact with information  ...  Dataset 2 shows that 'weather', 'climate', and 'Trump' are central concepts, while words like 'hoax' suggest dialogue may be contentious.  ...  Dataset 2 shows that 'weather', 'climate', and 'Trump' are central concepts, while words like 'hoax' suggest dialogue may be contentious.  ... 
doi:10.3390/su11072120 fatcat:b7bshpkrvzfl5e4kukful7mylm

Covid-19, Fourth industrial revolution and the future of elections in Africa

Joseph Olusegun Adebayo, Blessing Makwambeni, Colin Thakur
2020 Journal of African Elections  
The election cycle recognises elections as continuous processes rather than isolated events.  ...  According to Adebayo ( A 2019 study by EISA on political party campaign financing during South Africa's 2019 general elections, found that political parties' campaign events absorbed a substantial part  ... 
doi:10.20940/jae/2020/v19i2a1 fatcat:vr63yo2rrrarlmlphcqdxgteiq
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