<billions> welcome - social media and india's elections

Sam de Silva sam at commonedge.com.au
Fri May 10 07:12:08 CEST 2019

Hi there

Firstly, welcome to Billions and thanks for joining this list. Looking forward to everyone’s shares and comments! 

As you know, India’s general elections are in progress and there’s been a lot of coverage on the impacts of social media on the elections.

It’ll be great to hear from others about specific research projects or critiques related to social media and the Indian elections. 

Narendra Modi is the second most followed world politician across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram <https://qz.com/india/1613490/modi-beats-trump-gandhi-across-facebook-twitter-instagram/> - May 8th 2019 / Quartz India

University of Essex WhatsApp project on fake news kicks off in India <https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/university-of-essex-whatsapp-project-on-fake-news-kicks-off-in-india/articleshow/69244883.cms?utm_source=twitter_amp&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialsharebuttons&from=mdr> - May 9th 2019 / India Times

Social media is a key battleground in India’s elections <https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/30/social-media-is-key-battleground-indias-elections-modi-is-currently-king/> - Apr 30th 2019 / WP / Assoc. Prof Joyojeet Pal

Facebook is the hotbed of political ads in India by a long shot <https://qz.com/india/1587691/facebook-beats-google-in-the-2019-indian-election-ad-game/> - Apr 5th 2019 / Quartz India

Fake news and the ordinary citizen in India <http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/duty-identity-credibility.pdf> - BBC Research / PDF

best, Sam.

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