Recent changes at Twitter have enabled authoritarian governments in Russia, China, and Iran to amplify propaganda and disinformation.
Social Media and Democracy articles on Democracy Chronicles
This Social Media and Democracy section highlights the ongoing saga of how this new type of communications technology impacts the progress of free and fair elections across the globe. Whether social media brings benefit or harm to democracy is an area of heavy debate. Be sure to also check out our Election Technology section and our articles on Technology Dissidents, the Internet and Voting or Journalism and Free Speech.
People don’t carefully evaluate links for accuracy and that partisanship may be secondary to the rush of getting a lot of likes on social media.
Sharing personal experiences and pairing them with facts reduces political dehumanization and increases political tolerance.
Experts draw attention to the role played by social media in the violence committed by Bolsonaro supporters on Sunday in Brazil.
Armed with weapons, mobile phones and conspiracy theories, groups [that were created] on Telegram led Brazil’s insurrection.
Differential mobilization effects of even large digital advertising campaigns in presidential elections are likely to be modest.
China has closed the social media accounts of over 1000 critics of its COVID-19 policies as it brings back tough anti-virus restrictions.
Twitter says it was relaxing its ban on political and issue-based advertising, a reversal of the company’s approach to paid political speech.
The sphere of social media has become a new public space for discussing – and often arguing bitterly – about political and social issues.
Google’s YouTube has highlighted the resources at its disposal to fight political misinformation during the upcoming 2022 midterms.