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Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign

Overview of attention for article published in Political Communication, October 2019
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#9 of 666)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (85th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
4 news outlets
blogs
3 blogs
policy
2 policy sources
twitter
175 tweeters
facebook
1 Facebook page
reddit
2 Redditors

Citations

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14 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
130 Mendeley
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Title
Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign
Published in
Political Communication, October 2019
DOI 10.1080/10584609.2019.1661888
Authors

Franziska B. Keller, David Schoch, Sebastian Stier, JungHwan Yang

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 175 tweeters who shared this research output. Click here to find out more about how the information was compiled.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 130 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 130 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 30 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 20%
Student > Bachelor 15 12%
Researcher 12 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 6%
Other 21 16%
Unknown 18 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 72 55%
Computer Science 20 15%
Arts and Humanities 10 8%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 2%
Mathematics 2 2%
Other 7 5%
Unknown 17 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 168. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 October 2020.
All research outputs
#120,602
of 16,316,195 outputs
Outputs from Political Communication
#9
of 666 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4,299
of 330,429 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Political Communication
#2
of 14 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 16,316,195 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 666 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 17.2. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 98% of its peers.
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