Professor Kevin Munger researches government Twitter tactics during protest in Venezuela

Professor Kevin Munger researches government Twitter tactics during protest in Venezuela

Kevin Munger, assistant professor of political science and social data analytics and his collaborators studied Twitter interactions during Venezuela’s 2014 protests. They found is when protesters use social media to attract attention and unify, people in power may respond with tweeting tactics designed to distract and confuse. The team added that this could mean that regimes are growing more savvy in their use of social media to help suppress mass movements.

The researchers, who published their findings in a recent issue of Political Science Research and Methods, specifically examined social media from both the Venezuela regime and its opposition.

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