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From Obscurity to Prominence in Minutes: Political Speech and Real-Time Search

Mustafaraj, Eni and Metaxas, Panagiotis (2010) From Obscurity to Prominence in Minutes: Political Speech and Real-Time Search. In: Proceedings of the WebSci10: Extending the Frontiers of Society On-Line, April 26-27th, 2010, Raleigh, NC: US.

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Abstract

Recently, all major search engines introduced a new feature: real-time search results, embedded in the first page of organic search results. The content appearing in these results is pulled by Twitter, blogs, and news websites within minutes of its generation. In this paper, we argue that in the context of political speech, this feature provides disproportionate exposure to personal opinions, fabricated content, unverified events, lies and misrepresentations that would otherwise not find their way in the first page, giving them the opportunity to spread virally. We provide evidence from the recent Massachusetts senate race between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown, analyzing attacks launched inside Twitter.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:web search, social web, search engines, web spam, propaganda
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2010
ID Code:317
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:15 Mar 2010 10:09
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:57

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