Quote RTs on Twitter: Usage of the new feature for political discourse

Kiran Garimella, Ingmar Weber, Munmun De Choudhury

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Abstract

Social media platforms provide several social interactional features. Due to the large scale reach of social media, these interactional features help enable various types of political discourse. Constructive and diversified discourse is important for sustaining healthy communities and reducing the impact of echo chambers. In this paper, we empirically examine the role of a newly introduced Twitter feature, 'quote retweets' (or 'quote RTs') in political discourse, specifically whether it has led to improved, civil, and balanced exchange. Quote RTs allow users to quote the tweet they retweet, while adding a short comment. Our analysis using content, network and crowd labeled data indicates that the feature has increased political discourse and its diffusion, compared to existing features. We discuss the implications of our findings in understanding and reducing online polarization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages200-204
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2016
Event8th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2016 - Hannover, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201625 May 2016

Other

Other8th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2016
CountryGermany
CityHannover
Period22/5/1625/5/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Garimella, K., Weber, I., & De Choudhury, M. (2016). Quote RTs on Twitter: Usage of the new feature for political discourse. In WebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference (pp. 200-204). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2908131.2908170