Twitter has become the major platform for studying political fragmentation, echo chambers and polarization, and Turkey is one of the countries in which social media, in particular Twitter is used for political discussions the most, especially among young people. However, political fragmentation studies focusing on Turkey is limited. In this study, in order to shed light onto the influence of ideologically fragmented political youth groups on Twitter, the attributes and activities of the followers of the official youth groups of ruling party (AKP) and the main opposition party (CHP) are studied. Their followers which is around 400 thousand and 60 thousand, respectively, are subjected to a comparative analysis. In particular, the number of followers, friends, favorites and Tweets (including retweets and retweets with comment) of the followers of each group, as well as the number of verified accounts in each group are studied. In addition, in order to reveal the level of deliberative enclaves, the protected profiles in each group are analyzed. The findings are discussed together with the ideological lines of the groups and the results of the recent national elections.
Seval Yurtcicek Ozaydin, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Stream: Social Media & Communication Technology
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