Social Media Analysis

The Many Dimensions of Political Discourse on Taiwan among Chinese netizens: an analysis of 20 million Weibo posts

Huan-Kai Tseng,  Osbern Huang, Waybe Lee and Yu-tzung Chang (National Taiwan University)

Abstract: Can microblog data be a useful substitute for internet poll to gauge public opinion on politically sensitive...

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Finding Social Media Trolls: Dynamic Keyword Selection Methods for Rapidly Evolving Online Debates

Maya Srikanth, Anqi Liu, Nicholas Adams-Cohen, Anima Anandkumar and R. Michael Alvarez (California Institute of Technology)

Abstract: Online harassment is a significant social problem. Prevention of online harassment requires rapid detection of harassing, offensive, and negative social media posts. In this paper, we propose the use of word embedding...

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Who Do You Think You’re Fooling? Examining the Internal Russian Disinformation Campaign

Sean Norton (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Abstract: While an extensive literature in both the academic and popular presses has examined the Russian state’s use of Twitter to influence the 2016 US...

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The Spread of Promotion of Political Violence on Twitter

Taegyoon Kim (Pennsylvania State University)

Abstract: Although social media contribute to political participation by enabling citizens to freely express and exchange political opinions, increasing concerns are raised about the...

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Targeting and the Timing of Online Censorship: The Case of Venezuela

Ishita Gopal (Pennsylvania State University)

Abstract: In this paper I advance a theory to explain the timing of internet censorship in authoritarian regimes. Censorship as a means of digital repression has been on a rise across...

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Learning From Likes: The Effect of Social Engagement Feedback on Politicians' Social Media Communications

Ryden Butler (Washington University in St. Louis)

Abstract: Considerable research indicates that politicians adapt their rhetoric in order to appeal to the preferences of their constituents. However scant research has examined this phenomenon in the context of politicians' social media communications. In this study I use...

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Friend or Faux: Social Network-Based Early Detection of Fake User Accounts on Facebook

Adam Breuer (Harvard University), R. Eilat (Facebook Research), U. Weinsberg (Facebook Research)

Abstract: In 2019 alone, Facebook disabled over 6 billion fake user accounts. While early...

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