Mary, Mary, quite contrary: Exposing twitter users to contrarian news

Kiran Garimella, Aristides Gionis, Gianmarco Morales, Michael Mathioudakis

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Abstract

Polarized topics often spark discussion and debate on social media. Recent studies have shown that polarized debates have a specific clustered structure in the endorsement network, which indicates that users direct their endorsements mostly to ideas they already agree with. Understanding these polarized discussions and exposing social media users to content that broadens their views is of paramount importance. The contribution of this demonstration is two-fold. (i) A tool to visualize retweet networks about controversial issues on Twitter. By using our visualization, users can understand how polarized discussions are shaped on Twitter, and explore the positions of the various actors. (ii) A solution to reduce polarization of such discussions. We do so by exposing users to information which presents a contrarian point of view. Users can visually inspect our recommendations and understand why and how these would play out in terms of the retweet network. Our demo1 provides one of the first steps in developing automated tools that help users explore, and possibly escape, their echo chambers. The ideas in the demo can also help content providers design tools to broaden their reach to people with different political and ideological backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, WWW 2017 Companion
PublisherInternational World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee
Pages201-205
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349147
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event26th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2017 Companion - Perth, Australia
Duration: 3 Apr 20177 Apr 2017

Other

Other26th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2017 Companion
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period3/4/177/4/17

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Garimella, K., Gionis, A., Morales, G., & Mathioudakis, M. (2019). Mary, Mary, quite contrary: Exposing twitter users to contrarian news. In 26th International World Wide Web Conference 2017, WWW 2017 Companion (pp. 201-205). International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. https://doi.org/10.1145/3041021.3054737