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Cultural violence and fragmentation on social media

Haunschild, Jasmin ; Kaufhold, Marc-André ; Reuter, Christian (2022)
Cultural violence and fragmentation on social media.
In: Cyber Security Politics, 2020
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00022166
Book Section, Secondary publication, Publisher's Version

Abstract

As a prime example of socio-technological transformation, social media services exert an enormous impact on modern culture. They are nowadays widely established for everyday life uses, but also during natural and man-made crises and political conflicts. For instance, Facebook was part of the Arabic Spring, facilitating the communication and interaction between participants of political protests. However, social media is not only used for good: Based on the notions of cultural violence and cultural peace, this chapter shows the potential for political fragmentation through social media, focusing on fake news and terrorism propaganda and their amplified dissemination through social bots. The chapter shows that regarding both the problematic aspects and the countermeasures, technology plays the role of an amplifier, enabling effects such as astroturfing and smoke screening, but also enhancing social bot detection. This chapter examines what these socio-technological transformations through social media imply in terms of legitimacy and trust.

Item Type: Book Section
Erschienen: 2022
Creators: Haunschild, Jasmin ; Kaufhold, Marc-André ; Reuter, Christian
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Cultural violence and fragmentation on social media
Language: English
Date: 2022
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Book Title: Cyber Security Politics
Collation: 16 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022166
URL / URN: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/22166
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As a prime example of socio-technological transformation, social media services exert an enormous impact on modern culture. They are nowadays widely established for everyday life uses, but also during natural and man-made crises and political conflicts. For instance, Facebook was part of the Arabic Spring, facilitating the communication and interaction between participants of political protests. However, social media is not only used for good: Based on the notions of cultural violence and cultural peace, this chapter shows the potential for political fragmentation through social media, focusing on fake news and terrorism propaganda and their amplified dissemination through social bots. The chapter shows that regarding both the problematic aspects and the countermeasures, technology plays the role of an amplifier, enabling effects such as astroturfing and smoke screening, but also enhancing social bot detection. This chapter examines what these socio-technological transformations through social media imply in terms of legitimacy and trust.

Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-221661
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
000 Generalities, computers, information > 070 News media, journalism, publishing
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC)
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Forschungsfelder > Information and Intelligence
Forschungsfelder > Information and Intelligence > Cybersecurity & Privacy
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 13:24
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 08:55
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