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II Congreso Internacional Comunicación y Redes Sociales de la Sociedad de la Información


Proposal accepted ¨Evolution of the political debate on Twitter: the case of elections of 2016 and 2019¨, a result of our project.


This paper seeks to analyze how the main Spanish political actors have promoted the political debate from their Twitter users. For this, the work takes as a case study the tweets published by Twitter users, associated with the main political parties (PSOE, PP, Ciudadanos, Podemos and VoX), and politicians who led their respective lists presented, during the electoral campaigns that preceded the elections of May 2016, April 2019 and October 2019. The analysis corpus made up of more than 20k tweets published, which analyzed from the application of the methodology proposed by Debnath and Bardhan (2020 ) and Mehrotra et al. (2013), based on machine learning modeling of unsupervised subjects, through the algorithm of Dirichlet's Latent Allocation (Latent Dirichlet Allocation). A technique that made it possible to extract the main issues discussed during these electoral periods by the political actors considered. Some of the results obtained from the work point to a low proactive level of the debate promoted on Twitter. A debate that was marked by the increase in confrontation and assertiveness of each political group, as one of the main communication strategies carried out on social networks such as the one analyzed here, to reach the largest number of potential voters.


Evolución del debate político en Twitter. caso elecciones de 2016 y 2019

Recorded presentation: II International Conference on Communication and Social Networks in the Information Society

XXVI SEP 2020 International Congress.


Presentation: Fake News and disinformation on Twitter: scientific production in Scopus and Web of Science from 2014-2019.

Paper presented by:

María Adoración Merino, PhD

Elias Said Hung, PhD

Javier Martínez Torres, PhD


Chapter to be published in the Book of Proceedings of the V Congreso Internacional de Alfamed

V Congreso Internacional AlfaMed

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The study of disinformation is in itself a challenge, as it is a polymorphic problem of multiple factors, and that does not have a single way of being solved, according to the European Commission. As far as Spain is concerned, it is still a relevant issue of growing social concern. Something that has contributed to the emergence of actions aimed at verifying disinformative content disclosed in digital contexts (example: Servimedia and 16 Spanish media have recently launched the initiative called "Verified" for the verification of content related to the elections of 28 April 2019), as well as the study of the phenomenon. Measures that must be studied and analyzed from the cultural and linguistic particularities of Spanish and the features that characterize Spanish society. This work focuses on addressing those mentioned above, from the general results obtained during year 1 of the project that has been running at the International University of La Rioja from September 2019. A project that aims the understanding of the misinformation landscape in digital contexts promoted by and from political actors in Spain.

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