This Account Doesn't Exist: Tweet Decay and the Politics of Deletion in the Brexit Debate

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dc.contributor.authorBastos, Marco-
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-18T11:18:31Z-
dc.date.available2021-10-18T11:18:31Z-
dc.date.copyright2021 Sageen_US
dc.date.issued2021-05-01-
dc.identifier.citationAmerican Behavioral Scientisten_US
dc.identifier.issn0002-7642-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/12547-
dc.description.abstractLiterature on influence operations has identified metrics that are indicative of social media manipulation, but few studies have explored the lifecycle of low-quality information. We contribute to this literature by reconstructing nearly 3M messages posted by 1M users in the last days of the Brexit referendum campaign. While previous studies have found that on average only 4% of tweets disappear, we found that 33% of the tweets leading up to the referendum vote are no longer available. Only about half of the most active accounts that tweeted the referendum continue to operate publicly and 20% of all accounts are no longer active. We tested whether partisan content was more likely to disappear and found more messages from the Leave campaign that disappeared than the entire universe of tweets affiliated with the Remain campaign. We compare these results with an assorted set of 45 hashtags posted in the same period and find that political campaigns present much higher ratios of user and tweet decay. These results are validated by inspecting 2M Brexit-related tweets posted over a period of nearly 4 years. The article concludes with an overview of these findings and recommendations for future research.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.subjectManipulationen_US
dc.subjectDisinformationen_US
dc.subjectTwitteren_US
dc.subjectMisinformationen_US
dc.subjectWeb archiveen_US
dc.subjectBrexiten_US
dc.titleThis Account Doesn't Exist: Tweet Decay and the Politics of Deletion in the Brexit Debateen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactothermarco.bastos@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.volume65en_US
dc.identifier.issue5en_US
dc.identifier.startpage757en_US
dc.identifier.endpage773en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0002764221989772-
dc.neeo.contributorBastos|Marco|aut|-
dc.description.othersponsorshipTwitter, Inc.en_US
dc.description.othersponsorshipNational Science Foundationen_US
dc.date.updated2020-08-30T22:55:58Z-
dc.identifier.grantidXSEDE-
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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