How Twitter affects the perception of public opinion: Two case studies

  title={How Twitter affects the perception of public opinion: Two case studies},
  author={Felix Gaisbauer and Armin Pournaki and Sven Banisch and Eckehard Olbrich},
This article analyses public debate on Twitter via network representations of retweets and replies. We argue that tweets observable on Twitter have both a direct and mediated effect on the perception of public opinion. On this basis, we show that through the interplay of the two network representations, it is possible to investigate which opinion groups on the platform primarily shape public opinion, and which ones remain silent to a disproportionate degree. The method is employed to observe… Expand

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