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An analysis of interactions within and between extreme right communities in social media
O'Callaghan, Derek; Greene, Derek; Conway, Maura; Carthy, Joe; Cunningham, Padraig
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.
Keyword(s): International relations; Communication; World Wide Web; Information retrieval; Racism; network analysis; social media; community detection; Twitter; extreme right; extremism
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Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): O'Callaghan, Derek, Greene, Derek, Conway, Maura ORCID: 0000-0003-4216-8592 <>, 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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