Category: twitter

so one of our government ministers accidentall…

so one of our government ministers accidentally tweeted “I” and his mentions are FULL of different song lyrics

more of this side of england, please!

more of this side of england, please!

Twitter Bots Helped Trump and Brexit Win, Economic Study Says

Twitter Bots Helped Trump and Brexit Win, Economic Study Says:

National Bureau of Economic Research working paperhttp://www.nber.org/papers/w24631

This paper studies information diffusion in social media and the role of
bots in shaping public opinions. Using Twitter data on the 2016 E.U.
Referendum (“Brexit”) and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, we find
that diffusion of information on Twitter is largely complete within 1-2
hours. Stronger interactions across agents with similar beliefs are
consistent with the “echo chambers” view of social media. Bots have a
tangible effect on the tweeting activity of humans but the degree of
bots’ influence depends on whether bots provide information consistent
with humans’ priors. Overall, our results suggest that the aggressive
use of Twitter bots, coupled with the fragmentation of social media and
the role of sentiment, could contribute to the vote outcomes.

The Brexit filter bubble on twitter in 2016 vs 2018I know these…

The Brexit filter bubble on twitter in 2016 vs 2018

I know these type of flock diagrams are boring, but bare with me for a second, because this one should interest you.

What can be seen in the June 2016 snapshot is that there is little interaction between the remain and the leave bubbles on twitter. What is also noticeable is that the leave one is a lot more engaged with external bots constantly feeding information into the bubble. 

In the light of Cambridge Analytica revelations this makes perfect sense. The goal was to motivate leave voters to go out and vote while keeping remain voters at home. Inside the remain bubble everything was fine, nobody takes these clowns serious, and remain is going to win anyway.

And this is exactly what opinion polls had a problem with. The FT analysis the day before said that they know who is going to vote how, but it is hard to predict who goes out to vote. If turnout is low, leave would win, as they are more motivated to go to the polls. If turnout is normal, remain would win. If it is unusual or very high, leave is likely to edge it. On the night we have seen queues in front of voting stations of districts where turnout during general elections is usually very low.

Lets fast forward to January 2018 and look at the same twitter flock now.  What we can see is a much more engaged dialog. Not only are there now a lot less bots on both sides, but they also seem a lot less influential, either due to twitter policies or because the campaign simply stopped. The remain argument clearly has the upper hand now, which is hard for the users in the remain bubble to grasp though. Remember that in the past it always looked like that. For leave voters things must looks very different though as remain arguments making it into their bubble on a broad front. One needs to be very deep in the leave bubble to not have seen any negative posts recently.

EU: Facebook and Twitter must do more to protect users

EU: Facebook and Twitter must do more to protect users:

New changes made by Facebook and Twitter to their terms of service still don’t conform to the EU’s demands to protect consumers, the European Commission said. Specifically, the social networks haven’t properly told users why content is removed and that they have the right to terminate their accounts. On top of that, the companies still aren’t saying how quickly they’ll deal with requests from authorities to pull down harmful content.

I’d just like to take a moment to remember one of the…

I’d just like to take a moment to remember one of the greatest moments in the history of British pop music.

This is London.

This is London.

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Big Ben is going to need repairs because, let’s face it,…

Big Ben is going to need repairs because, let’s face it, it’s a very old clock. And if a clock expert tells you that you’re massive clock needs repairing you listen to them, right?

Apparently Theresa May is okay with denouncing the lack of bongs, despite being very far from a clock expert, and yet on the same day she didn’t denounce Trump for his whole “both sides were as bad as each other even though one side featured neo-Nazis” debacle. Interesting priorities.

sturdywiththewordy:There are only 2 hours left and I don’t want…

sturdywiththewordy:

There are only 2 hours left and I don’t want Adam and Sidney to tie, so please vote in my lame twitter poll to decide the ultimate TV clergyman!

This is important to the welfare of England.