The Ebb and Flow of Controversial Debates on Social Media

Authors

  • Kiran Garimella Aalto University
  • Gianmarco De Francisci Morales Qatar Computing Research Institute
  • Aristides Gionis Aalto University
  • Michael Mathioudakis Aalto University

Abstract

We explore how the polarization around controversial topics evolves on Twitter — over a long period of time (2011 to 2016), and also as a response to major external events that lead to increased related activity. We find that increased activity is typically associated with increased polarization; however, we find no consistent long-term trend in polarization over time among the topics we study.

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Published

2017-05-03

How to Cite

Garimella, K., De Francisci Morales, G., Gionis, A., & Mathioudakis, M. (2017). The Ebb and Flow of Controversial Debates on Social Media. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 11(1), 524-527. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/14945