Understanding RT’s Audiences: Exposure Not Endorsement for Twitter Followers of Russian State-Sponsored Media

@article{Crilley2020UnderstandingRA,
  title={Understanding RT’s Audiences: Exposure Not Endorsement for Twitter Followers of Russian State-Sponsored Media},
  author={Rhys Crilley and M. Gillespie and Bertie Vidgen and A. Willis},
  journal={The International Journal of Press/Politics},
  year={2020},
  pages={194016122098069}
}
The Russian state-funded international broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today) has attracted much attention as a purveyor of Russian propaganda. To date, most studies of RT have focused on its broadcast, website, and social media content, with little research on its audiences. Through a data-driven application of network science and other computational methods, we address this gap to provide insight into the demographics and interests of RT’s Twitter followers, as well as how they engage with RT… Expand
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