AAAI Publications, Eleventh International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

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The Ebb and Flow of Controversial Debates on Social Media
Kiran Garimella, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Aristides Gionis, Michael Mathioudakis

Last modified: 2017-05-03

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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