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An analysis of interactions within and between extreme right communities in social media

O'Callaghan, Derek and Greene, Derek and Conway, Maura and Carthy, Joe and Cunningham, Padraig (2012) An analysis of interactions within and between extreme right communities in social media. In: 3rd International Workshop on Mining Ubiquitous and Social Environments (MUSE), 24 Sept, 2012, Bristol, UK.

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Abstract

Many extreme right groups have had an online presence for some time through the use of dedicated websites. This has been accompanied by increased activity in social media websites in recent years, which may enable the dissemination of extreme right content to a wider audience. In this paper, we present exploratory analysis of the activity of a selection of such groups on Twitter, using network representations based on reciprocal follower and mentions interactions. We find that stable communities of related users are present within individual country networks, where these communities are usually associated with variants of extreme right ideology. Furthermore, we also identify the presence of international relationships between certain groups across geopolitical boundaries.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Workshop
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:network analysis; social media; community detection; Twitter; extreme right; extremism
Subjects:Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Communication
Computer Science > World Wide Web
Computer Science > Information retrieval
Social Sciences > Racism
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17746
Deposited On:05 Feb 2013 11:44 by Maura Conway. Last Modified 05 Feb 2013 11:44

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