How the Far-Right Polarises Twitter: 'Highjacking' Hashtags in Times of COVID-19

@article{Darius2020HowTF,
  title={How the Far-Right Polarises Twitter: 'Highjacking' Hashtags in Times of COVID-19},
  author={Philipp Darius and Fabian Stephany},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2020},
  volume={abs/2010.05686}
}
  • Philipp Darius, Fabian Stephany
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science, Computer Science
  • ArXiv
  • Twitter influences political debates. Phenomena like fake news and hate speech show that political discourse on micro-blogging can become strongly polarised by algorithmic enforcement of selective perception. Some political actors actively employ strategies to facilitate polarisation on Twitter, as past contributions show, via strategies of 'hashjacking'. For the example of COVID-19 related hashtags and their retweet networks, we examine the case of partisan accounts of the German far-right… CONTINUE READING

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