The Ebb and flow of controversial debates on social media

Kiran Garimella, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Aristides Gionis, Michael Mathioudakis

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2017
PublisherAAAI Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357889
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 15 May 201718 May 2017
Conference number: 11


ConferenceInternational AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
Abbreviated titleICWSM
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