From Arab Spring to Fake News – Chances and Challenges of Social Media in Political Communication
18 May 2017
4 Sep 2017, 0910 – 1030 @ Room B - Banyan
The Arab Spring in 2010 inspired hope for a better, more democratic future of this region. The media as well as scientists praised the role Social Media played in this so called Twitter Revolution. It was so popular, some people even predicted a worldwide change towards more direct democracy — thanks to Twitter & Co. Six years later this image has turned evil. Social Media is debated in conjunction with hate speech, fake news, propaganda, polarization, bots and trolls. This panel shall reclassify the role of Social Media in Political Communication.