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Mobilizing the Trump Train: Understanding Collective Action in a Political Trolling Community [article]

Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Saiph Savage (1 and 3) Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
2018 arXiv   pre-print
We use T_D as a lens to understand participation and collective action within these deviant spaces.  ...  Political troll groups recently gained spotlight because they were considered central in helping Donald Trump win the 2016 US presidential election, which involved difficult mass mobilizations.  ...  What are the behavioral patterns of the most active participants in a political trolling community? 2. How does a political trolling community mobilize its members to action?  ... 
arXiv:1806.00429v1 fatcat:u23mwkembragddqojhzvbh4mre

Party Domination and Base Mobilization: Donald Trump and Republican Party Building in a Polarized Era

Daniel J. Galvin
2020 The Forum  
Trump, in contrast, has (thus far) predominantly pursued a base-mobilization strategy.  ...  Previous Republican presidents dominated and invested in their party for the explicit purpose of building a new majority in American politics.  ...  Acknowledgments: The author wishes to thank Sean Diament, Katie Glassmyer, Boris Heersink, David Hopkins, Matthew Lacombe, Warren Snead, Stephen Skowronek, and Jeffrey Stonecash for helpful comments.  ... 
doi:10.1515/for-2020-2003 fatcat:asynbt3bsjh4vnqfxdwx6nkx4y

"The first combat meme brigade of the Slovak internet": hybridization of civic engagement through digital media trolling

Radka Vicenová, Daniel Trottier
2020 The Communication Review  
Through in-depth interviews with its founders and a survey of its supporters, we position the group and its activities through three separate lenses (trolling, digital vigilantism, and citizen journalism  ...  Based on an explorative case study of a Slovak Facebook page called Zomri, engaged mostly in both mockery and denunciation of societal and political actors, the paper aims to challenge existing conceptual  ...  Memes in general have become a tool for political communication, bearing specific cultural contexts and collectives (Milner, 2013) and have been a characteristic feature of recent political mobilization  ... 
doi:10.1080/10714421.2020.1797435 fatcat:hvcnnfm3zfhw7mp5xbddtlmaqi

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

Savvas Zannettou
2019 arXiv   pre-print
In this thesis, we study the information ecosystem on the Web by presenting a typology that includes the various types of false information, the involved actors and their possible motives.  ...  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  ...  We observe that the majority of the hashtags are used in posts about Trump, news, and politics.  ... 
arXiv:1911.10517v1 fatcat:piuwv7zv7zghlof5tqhuhnukla

Influence operations and the modern information environment [chapter]

Björn Palmertz
2021 Hybrid Warfare  
One behaviour separating the trolls from the baseline was that while random Twitter users mainly tweet from the mobile app, most of the Russian trolls utilized the web client.  ...  Twitter data was collected from 2014 to 2017 to see how bots and trolls participated in the online vaccine debate.  ... 
doi:10.5040/9781788317795.0014 fatcat:cyoexfopvnbbhhu2vti7vyolca

Women's March Colloquy - The Long Weekend: Exclusion, Intrusion, Trolls, and Punks

Benjamin Harbert
2019 Music and Politics  
The scene became a cultural target of the right, as musicians were threatened by online trolls from 4chan and other rightwing message boards, culminating in the "Pizzagate"-inspired attack on the venue  ...  Musicians staged a series of concerts and performances around the march, helping to dispel the sense of threat through intersectional political congregation as well as maintaining a longer steady protest  ...  It was not until The New York Times reported on the 4chan involvement in Pizzagate that friends began understanding and, in some cases, trolling back the trolls.  ... 
doi:10.3998/mp.9460447.0013.104 fatcat:63iaflotajdd5dlx43wgghki44

Talking to Trolls—How Users Respond to a Coordinated Information Operation and Why They're So Supportive

Darren L Linvill, Patrick L Warren, Amanda E Moore
2021 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication  
This pattern is particularly strong for the more ideological troll types, suggesting that a strategy of building homophilic connections with like-minded people was central to the IRA campaign.  ...  We combine hand coding with natural-language processing to measure the ways in which users talked with and about the accounts employed by the Russian-affiliated Internet Research Agency in the month before  ...  Identity mobilization, on the other hand, is the use of identity performance to strategically mobilize in-group members into supporting specific political goals.  ... 
doi:10.1093/jcmc/zmab022 fatcat:fbfpnhuxwnfb5mcqx7wuy7o7yu

Non-literal Communication in Chinese Internet Spaces: A Case Study of Fishing

Huixin Tian, Xinyao Ma, Jeffrey Bardzell, Sameer Patil
2022 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction  
We challenge the characterization of non-literal communication as "abnormal," and contribute a more refined understanding of online linguistic norms, community cohesion, and civil engagement.  ...  In Chinese Internet spaces, "fishing" is a form of non-literal communication that tries to lure or bait others.  ...  We are grateful for the feedback of anonymous reviewers that helped us improve the paper.  ... 
doi:10.1145/3512951 fatcat:b236tdraynckri4zqnb5ufq7z4

Defining Digital Literacy in the Age of Computational Propaganda and Hate Spin Politics

Aqida Nuril Salma
2019 KnE Social Sciences  
evidence of computational propaganda delivered through political bots, fake accounts and false news during recent political events in Indonesia.  ...  Hate spin uses hate speech and fake news as a weapon to gain access to political power. Hate spin is considered to be one of the biggest threats to any democratic country, including Indonesia.  ...  In other words, today's society should have a deep understanding on how politics work, such as hate spin politics.  ... 
doi:10.18502/kss.v3i20.4945 fatcat:44citpffczhpzns5xbnb3psylq

Hashtagged Trolling and Emojified Hate against Muslims on Social Media

Ahmed Al-Rawi
2022 Religions  
Using a mixed method, the findings of the study show that Islam is more aggressively attacked than Christianity by three major communities, unlike Christianity, which is targeted much less by two main  ...  The study is situated within the discussion of trolling and hateful content on social media.  ...  On the other hand, the anticonservative online community actively targets Christianity and trolls Trump as well as other US Republicans for their politics and religious affiliations.  ... 
doi:10.3390/rel13060521 fatcat:zjaiyzhikrf6nnuwjezmsf4aqa

Alternative Facts, Fake News, Conflicting Perceptions, & Their Relevance to Library and Information Professionals

Bill Crowley
2019 Open Information Science  
Heuristics (trial and error lessons) derived from the author's tacit knowledge gained in the political arena communicating factual information to legislators and their staff under the American constitutional  ...  The essay concludes with the examination of the feasibility of a spectrum of possible roles to be played by libraries and information centers and their personnel in support of a broader identification  ...  Actions by a library or information center involving the use of public funds are inherently political.  ... 
doi:10.1515/opis-2019-0015 fatcat:s77abpzejnenpg5ceh6ctes5f4

TrollsWithOpinion: A Dataset for Predicting Domain-specific Opinion Manipulation in Troll Memes [article]

Shardul Suryawanshi, Bharathi Raja Chakravarthi, Mihael Arcan, Suzanne Little, Paul Buitelaar
2022 arXiv   pre-print
To comprehend the use of memes in opinion manipulation, we define three specific domains (product, political or others) which we classify into troll or not-troll, with or without opinion manipulation.  ...  Since the online community utilizes the refuge of memes to express themselves, there is an abundance of data in the form of memes.  ...  Acknowledgements This publication has emanated from research supported in part by a research grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number SFI/12/RC/2289_P2, co-funded by the European  ... 
arXiv:2109.03571v2 fatcat:wo7eueyb2bcelafzyqpdhjwr6a

Is the First Amendment Obsolete?

Tim Wu
2017 Social Science Research Network  
in cruel and unjust actions."). 64.  ...  critical speakers or their speech but instead focused on distraction, cheerleading, and preventing meaningful collective action or organizing.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.3096337 fatcat:k7zg4nmzcbfvtcffm5xsxjdjou

Is the First Amendment Obsolete?

Tim Wu
2018 Michigan law review  
The First Amendment was brought to life in a period, the twentieth century, when the political speech environment was markedly different than today's.  ...  And those who seek to control speech use new methods that rely on the weaponization of speech itself, such as the deployment of "troll armies," the fabrication of news, or "flooding" tactics.  ...  in cruel and unjust actions."). 64.  ... 
doi:10.36644/mlr.117.3.first fatcat:3lw45xnnr5fxrf4c4xvleq3v5a

Social Media, Political Polarization, and Political Disinformation: A Review of the Scientific Literature

Joshua Tucker, Andrew Guess, Pablo Barbera, Cristian Vaccari, Alexandra Siegel, Sergey Sanovich, Denis Stukal, Brendan Nyhan
2018 Social Science Research Network  
exposure, which has a range of positive effects on civic engagement, political moderation, and the quality of democratic politics, but also facilitates the spread of misinformation. (3) Political exchanges  ...  on social media sites are frequently negative and uncivil, which contributes to the rise in affective polarization.  ...  Even less is known about trolls (the vast majority of research to date has focused on the actions and motivations of trolls, as opposed to the political impact on those being trolled).  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.3144139 fatcat:yfs63h3lhnbl7cziilsvknqucy
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