Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism and PM Abe Shinzō’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Schäfer F, Evert S, Heinrich P
Journal: Big Data
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 5
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 1 - 16
ISSN: 2167-6461
eISSN: 2167-647X


Abstract


In this article, we present results on the identification and behavioral analysis of social bots in a sample of 542,584 tweets, collected before and after Japan’s 2014 General Election. Typical forms of bot activity include massive retweeting and repeated posting of (nearly) the same message, sometimes used in combination. We focus on the second method and present (i) a case study on several patterns of bot activity and (ii) methodological considerations on the automatic identification of such patterns and the prerequisite near-duplicate detection. Moreover, (iii) we give qualitative insights into the purposes behind the usage of social/political bots. We argue that it was in the latency of the semi-public sphere of social media—and not in the visible or manifest public sphere (official campaign platform, mass media)—where Abe’s hidden nationalist agenda interlocked and overlapped with the one propagated by organizations such as Nippon Kaigi and Internet right-wingers (netto uyo) during the election campaign, the latter potentially forming an enormous online support army of Abe’s agenda.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Evert, Stefan Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik
Heinrich, Philipp
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik
Schäfer, Fabian Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Japanologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Japan der Moderne und Gegenwart


How to cite

APA:
Schäfer, F., Evert, S., & Heinrich, P. (2017). Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism and PM Abe Shinzō’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda. Big Data, 5(4), 1 - 16.

MLA:
Schäfer, Fabian, Stefan Evert, and Philipp Heinrich. "Japan’s 2014 General Election: Political Bots, Right-Wing Internet Activism and PM Abe Shinzō’s Hidden Nationalist Agenda." Big Data 5.4 (2017): 1 - 16.

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