University of Exeter (UK): Track which political parties represent your views with new online tool

University of Exeter (UK): Track which political parties represent your views with new online tool. “Partymeter has been designed with the cooperation of 150 experts on political parties across the UK. By completing a survey on a range of issues people can see how closely their views align with the policies of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and others. It is hoped as many people as possible will now take part in the survey so academics can discover more about the connection between voters and political parties.”

Irish Times: Sinn Féin’s targeting of voters through social media has paid off

Irish Times: Sinn Féin’s targeting of voters through social media has paid off. “In a campaign dubbed safe and lacklustre by many commentators, Sinn Féin’s targeting of younger and disconnected voters through videos on platforms such as TikTok – where it has 80,000 followers alone – Instagram and Facebook has been linked in part to its historic win.”

DigitalNC: New Additions of the Green Line Newspaper Now Available

DigitalNC: New Additions of the Green Line Newspaper Now Available!. “Digital NC is happy to announce the new additions of the Green Line Newspaper, 1987 – 1994. The Green Line newspaper was a local newsletter in Asheville, North Carolina, part of the North Carolina Green Party for the Western NC Green Movement. While many of their initiatives surrounded environmental causes within the community and the state and aligned with the NC Green Party, the newsletter was editorially independent.”

Independent (Ireland): Law to stop social media management abroad for political parties after Sinn Féin revelations

Independent (Ireland): Law to stop social media management abroad for political parties after Sinn Féin revelations. “Legislation on political donations and electoral reform are being expanded to ensure there is greater transparency around how parties are funded. It comes after the Irish Independent revealed Sinn Féin’s Facebook accounts were being managed by people based in Serbia and Germany. Facebook ad library data shows Sinn Féin’s main account has been managed by people in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Serbia.”

The Guardian: How do you promote a party manifesto on social media?

The Guardian: How do you promote a party manifesto on social media?. “Many people will not read the proposals in full and given that many get their news exclusively through social media platforms, what the parties are saying online about their policies (and what they aren’t) matters. Today we are looking at how the parties are condensing their manifestos for Facebook and Twitter and badmouthing their rivals’ policies through Google search ads.”

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast

Nieman Lab: News portals like Yahoo still bring Democrats and Republicans together for political news, but they’re fading fast. “‘We observe segregation in political news consumption.’ In this working paper, ‘Partisan Enclaves and Information Bazaars: Mapping Selective Exposure to Online News,’ Stanford researchers examined a ‘data set of web browsing behavior collected during the 2016 U.S. presidential election’ to see how Democrats and Republicans seek out news sources and how they change their news consumption levels in response to different political events. (The data set is from YouGov and was also used in this paper.)”

General election 2019: ‘Cyber-attack’ on Labour Party digital platforms (BBC)

BBC: General election 2019: ‘Cyber-attack’ on Labour Party digital platforms. “The Labour Party says it has successfully defeated a cyber-attack targeted at its digital platforms. Labour said the attack ‘failed’ because of the party’s ‘robust’ security system and no data breach had occurred. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack floods a computer server with traffic to try to take it offline.”

Sky News: Fight fake news by tracking political parties’ social media, says Oxford study

Sky News: Fight fake news by tracking political parties’ social media, says Oxford study. “Political parties that spread fake news online should be punished with bigger fines and restrictions on their use of data, according to a University of Oxford report. The report, released today, also recommends that the Electoral Commission should keep a database of political campaigners’ social media accounts to keep track of the material they are posting.”

Des Moines Register: Iowa Libertarians sue Sen. Claire Celsi for blocking constituents on Twitter

Des Moines Register: Iowa Libertarians sue Sen. Claire Celsi for blocking constituents on Twitter. “The lawsuit alleges Celsi, a Democrat who represents portions of Des Moines, West Des Moines and Warren County in the Iowa Senate, violated the free speech clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment ‘because the comment section of her Twitter account is a designated public forum within which the state may not discriminate against speakers based on their viewpoint.’”