Social Media as a Sphere for “Risky” Political Expression: A Twenty-Country Multilevel Comparative Analysis

Matthew Barnidge, Brigitte Huber, Homero Gil de Zúñiga, James H. Liu

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Abstract

In the context of the United States, research shows a positive relationship between network heterogeneity and political expression on social media at the individual level. This study builds on that research, relying on multilevel analysis that (1) leverages a twenty-country comparative survey and (2) includes country-level data on freedom of expression. Results show a positive relationship between network heterogeneity and political expression on social media across countries, but that relationship is stronger where freedom of expression is more limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-182
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Press/Politics
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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