Workshop Proceedings of the 15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: International Workshop on Social Sensing (SocialSens 2021): Special Edition on Information Operations on Social Media

DOI: 10.36190/2021.34

Published: 2021-06-01
The Polarized Web of the Voter Fraud Claims in the 2020 US Presidential Election
Sreeja Nair, Adriana Iamnitchi

We show that the polarization of the Twitter discussions around the fraud claims in the US presidential election is evident without considering tweet content other than URLs. In addition, we show that YouTube is connecting the two communities identified solely by structural community detection, thus being in the rare position of bringing together both right and left-leaning users. This enviable position could be used by YouTube video recommendation algorithms to alleviate some of the polarization in the society.