Right-Wing Dominates German Social Media: Spiegel

Alternative for Germany, of AfD, holds less 15 percent of the seats in the German Bundestag, but research suggests the right-wing political party dominates Facebook, representing more than 80 percent of shared German political posts. Such activity, while over-representing actual support for AfD, could still give the party a boost in the May 23 European parliamentary elections. AfD relies on multiple social-media accounts and frequent sharing; negative campaigning; photos including those from Russia image databases; some automated and fake accounts; and content designed to trigger fear about immigration, crime and taxes. “Experts believe that support for the AfD is consistent with Moscow's strategic intention of destabilizing Western democracies by strengthening extremist forces,” reports a team for Spiegel Online. Extremists and populists benefit from the ease and emotion of social media messaging as well as low turnouts in elections like that for the European Parliament. – YaleGlobal

Right-Wing Dominates German Social Media: Spiegel

Analysis reveals how much German right-wing populists from the Alternative for Germany, AfD, dominate the social media landscape with help from abroad
Jörg Diehl, Roman Lehberger, Ann-Katrin Müller and Philipp Seibt
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Read the article from Spiegel Online  about AfD’s dominance of political posts on Facebook.        

Jörg Diehl studied history, Germany and political science at the University of Münster. He has been a chief reporter since May 2014 and head of the team on background and research since July 2017. Roman Lehberger studied media studies, politics and English in Trier and Cleveland, Ohio. Since October 2018, he has been a reporter for Spiegel Online team on background and research.  Ann-Katrin Müller studied political Science and European studies in Bonn and London and has been a policy editor for Spiegel’s capital office since August 2013. Philipp Seibt studied physics and economics in Münster and London and has been a reporter for the team on background and research since August 2017.

(Sources:  GlobalStats, ElectionGuide, Statista, World Bank)

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