Entering the peak of the the 2020 election season, social media platforms are firmly entrenched as a venue for Americans to process campaign news and engage in various types of social activism. But not all Americans use these platforms in similar ways.
Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to say major tech companies favor the views of liberals over conservatives. At the same time, partisans differ on whether social media companies should flag inaccurate information on their platforms.
Many legislators in four English-speaking countries directly addressed George Floyd’s killing and the subsequent protests on Twitter.
#BlackLivesMatter was used roughly 47.8 million times on Twitter – an average of just under 3.7 million times per day – from May 26 to June 7.
The gender gap in party identification remains the widest in a quarter century.
Although most national officials use the platform, their posts receive only a small number of likes and retweets.
More than half of all tweets sent by members of the U.S. Congress between March 11 and 21 were related to the coronavirus outbreak.
A 56% majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who use Twitter describe their political views as liberal or very liberal.
The findings of this analysis paint a nuanced picture of just how prevalent political speech is among U.S. adults on Twitter.
Republican and Republican-leaning adult Twitter users are more likely than Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents to follow Trump.