Comment | Published:

Political behaviour and the acoustics of social media

Nature Human Behaviour volume 1, Article number: 0086 (2017) | Download Citation

Subjects

Social networks are not a new phenomenon — people have always associated with like-minded others — but the advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see. We need data and experiments to understand how this information shapes our political landscape.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Election day dominated Facebook with over 716M election-related interactions. Forbes (2016).

  2. 2.

    , , & Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action (Princeton Univ. Press, 2016).

  3. 3.

    How Facebook divides us. The Times Literary Supplement (27 October 2016).

  4. 4.

    & Is social media use associated with more or less diverse news use? rasmuskleisnielsen.net (2016).

  5. 5.

    , & Science 348, 1130–1132 (2015).

  6. 6.

    , & Science 311, 854–856 (2006).

  7. 7.

    et al. Nature 489, 295–298 (2012).

  8. 8.

    , & Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 111, 8788–8790 (2014).

  9. 9.

    Facebook and Twitter's real sin goes beyond spreading fake news. Reuters (2016).

  10. 10.

    Nat. Hum. Behav. 1, 0015 (2017).

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

  1. Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet, and Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK.

    • Helen Margetts

Authors

  1. Search for Helen Margetts in:

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Helen Margetts.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-017-0086

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing