Workshop Proceedings of the 18th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: Digital State Sponsored Disinformation and Propaganda: Challenges and Opportunities

DOI: 10.36190/2024.69

Published: 2024-06-01
Exploring Russian Anti-War Discourse on Twitter during Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine: Dynamics, Influence, and Narratives
Iuliia Alieva, Kathleen M Carley

This paper explores the complexities of Russian anti-war discussions on Twitter following the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Our research seeks to uncover the fundamental dynamics of this discourse within the Russian-speaking Twitter community, illuminating influential figures and interconnected communities, while closely examining the prevalence of bot activity. Through a comprehensive mixed-method approach, encompassing data collection via the Twitter API, social network analysis, bot identification, and community detection, alongside natural language processing, we analyze the narratives and dissemination strategies utilized by two key factions: the anti-war opposition and pro-government propagandists.