Narcotweets: Social media in wartime

Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Emre Kiciman, Danah Boyd, Scott Counts

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Abstract

This paper describes how people living in armed-conflict environments use social media as a participatory news platform, in lieu of damaged state and media apparatuses. We investigate this by analyzing the microblogging practices of Mexican citizens whose everyday life is affected by the Drug War. We provide a descriptive analysis of the phenomenon, combining content and quantitative Twitter data analyses. We focus on three interrelated phenomena: general participation patterns of ordinary citizens, the emergence and role of information curators, and the tension between governmental regulation and drug cartel intimidation. This study reveals the complex tensions among citizens, media actors, and the government in light of large-scale organized crime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICWSM 2012 - Proceedings of the 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Pages515-518
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2012 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Jun 4 2012Jun 7 2012

Publication series

NameICWSM 2012 - Proceedings of the 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

Other

Other6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2012
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period6/4/126/7/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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