Left and Right Retweets! Curation Logics During Black History Month

Yiran Duan, Jeff Hemsley, Alexander Owen Smith, LaVerne Gray

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Abstract

This study investigates what information that was spread the most on Twitter regarding #BlackLivesMatter during the Black History Month of February 2022. We distinguished political affiliation through a series of interpretations of network structure and content. In doing so, we observed different political groups offering unique curated information flows on Twitter. Using qualitative coding, our findings confirmed that opinion leaders affiliated with different political groups or movements tend to curate different kinds of messages. Our findings also show that opinion leaders on the political left discuss #BlackLivesMatter in a clear supportive way towards the movement, while the ones on the political right describe the movement in a more provocative way. Further, we observed that opinion leaders in the political right group have more dense connections than the political left group. This work contributes to the bodies of literature using the theory of curated logics, the influence of opinion leaders, viral information, and the empirical work around #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation for a Better World
Subtitle of host publicationNormality, Virtuality, Physicality, Inclusivity - 18th International Conference, iConference 2023, Proceedings
EditorsIsaac Sserwanga, Anne Goulding, Heather Moulaison-Sandy, Jia Tina Du, António Lucas Soares, Viviane Hessami, Rebecca D. Frank
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages131-142
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783031280313
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event18th International Conference on Information for a Better World: Normality, Virtuality, Physicality, Inclusivity, iConference 2023 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Mar 13 2023Mar 17 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13972 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Information for a Better World: Normality, Virtuality, Physicality, Inclusivity, iConference 2023
CityVirtual, Online
Period3/13/233/17/23

Keywords

  • Black History Month
  • BlackLivesMatter
  • Curation logics
  • Twitter
  • Virality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science

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