2020 Bihar Elections

How Facebook can be more responsible when it goes local

With increasing numbers of people accessing social media in their own languages — what I term “internet vernacularisation” — Facebook and other social media companies must invest in building an infrastructure to ensure users are not exposed to harmful and fake content. Click to read.

Celebrity Politicians, Digital Campaigns, and Performances of Political Legitimacy in Indonesia’s 2019 Elections

In this article, we analyze celebrity politicians’ social media campaigns during Indonesia’s 2019 elections. We particularly examine the visual political communication strategies of celebrity politicians, particularly how they use their fame and celebrity status to make claims as political candidates and how they transform their fame into political legitimacy through social media. In the processContinue reading “Celebrity Politicians, Digital Campaigns, and Performances of Political Legitimacy in Indonesia’s 2019 Elections”


Was the 2019 Indian election won by digital media?

In this article, we examine the role of (digital)media during the 2019 national election in India, focusing on the success of PM Narendra Modi’s campaign. We show how the media environment that was split especially along the lines of opposition to Modi in elite English-language media versus a juggernaut Modi campaign on all levels, especiallyContinue reading “Was the 2019 Indian election won by digital media?”

Misinformation Concerns and Online News Participation among internet Users in India

In this article, we show the factors that affect concerns for online misinformation among English-language internet users in India, and how online news participation is affected by the rise of misinformation. WhatsApp use, but not Facebook and Twitter, trust in news, and identifying with main political parties (BJP/INC) are all correlated with higher concern overContinue reading “Misinformation Concerns and Online News Participation among internet Users in India”

Selective Belief: How Partisanship Drives Belief in Misinformation

In this article, we analyze the relationship among belief in misinformation, socialmedia use, and partisanship. Through a cross-sectional survey (N = 1,820) on the 2019 Indonesian national elections, we show that although the political use of social media is not associated with belief in misinformation, partisanship is strongly associated with belief in various types ofContinue reading “Selective Belief: How Partisanship Drives Belief in Misinformation”

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