News sharing on Twitter reveals emergent fragmentation of media agenda and persistent polarization

Tomas Cicchini, Sofia Morena del Pozo, Enzo Tagliazucchi, Pablo Balenzuela

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Abstract

News sharing on social networks reveals how information disseminates among users. This process, constrained by user preferences and social ties, plays a key role in the formation of public opinion. In this work, we used bipartite news-user networks to study the news sharing behavior of main Argentinian media outlets in Twitter. Our objective was to understand the role of political polarization in the emergence of high affinity groups with respect to news sharing. We compared results between years with and without presidential elections, and between groups of politically active and inactive users, the latter serving as a control group. The behavior of users resulted in well-differentiated communities of news articles identified by a unique distribution of media outlets. In particular, the structure of these communities revealed the dominant ideological polarization in Argentina. We also found that users formed two groups identified by their consumption of media outlets, which also displayed a bias towards the two main parties that dominate the political life in Argentina. Overall, our results consistently identified ideological polarization as a main driving force underlying Argentinian news sharing behavior in Twitter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalEPJ Data Science
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complex networks
  • Natural language processing
  • News consumption
  • Social media

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