What is it about?

The article aims to understand the role played by the main political groups in Spain in promoting disinformation content on Twitter. The study applies statistical and topic analysis to the total number of tweets published in Spanish (n = 40,445 tweets), between September (2019) and February (2020), by the official accounts of the parties, leaders and spokespersons of each of the main political groups in Spain (PSOE, Popular Party, Unidas Podemos, Vox and Ciudadanos); and the disinformation content identified, between August 2019 and March 2020, by two of the main Fact-Checking journalistic projects (n = 2,730 disinformation content) in Spain (Maldita.es and Newtral.es).

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Why is it important?

The data allows us to see how the political groups analyzed present a high level of co-occurrence with the disinformation content identified by Maldita.es and Newtral.es, which would confirm the active role of these actors in expanding this type of content on Twitter.


Beyond the confrontational tone within the discourse promoted by the political groups analyzed, the levels of co-occurrence of the messages published by them and the misinformation content identified through projects such as Maldita.es and Newtral.es help us to see how the political groups associated with the analyzed users would have a prominent, but not leading, position (at least based on the data analyzed) within the process of expansion of this type of content in digital scenarios such as Twitter.

Prof. Elias Said-Hung
Universidad Internacional de La Rioja

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This page is a summary of: Actores políticos y promoción de contenidos desinformativos en Twitter. Caso España, Sociedade e Estado, May 2022, FapUNIFESP (SciELO),
DOI: 10.1590/s0102-6992-202237020009.
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