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Big Data and Democracy$
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Kevin Macnish and Jai Galliott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474463522

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463522.001.0001

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Twitter and Electoral Bias

Twitter and Electoral Bias

(p.89) Six Twitter and Electoral Bias
Big Data and Democracy

Wulf Loh

Anne Suphan

Christopher Zirnig

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter, the authors introduce functional criteria along Habermasian lines for the role of public spheres in a healthy democracy and apply research from the use of Twitter during the last German general election to describe the influence (or lack thereof) of social media on the electoral process. In particular, the authors discuss the workings of various digital divides and highlight their impact on online participation in these elections.

Keywords:   Deliberative Democracy, Digital Divide, Election, Habermas, Politics, Social Media, Twitter

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