Information Diffusion Power of Political Party Twitter Accounts During Japan’s 2017 Election

  • Mitsuo YoshidaEmail author
  • Fujio Toriumi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11186)


In modern election campaigns, political parties utilize social media to advertise their policies and candidates and to communicate to electorates. In Japan’s latest general election in 2017, the 48th general election for the Lower House, social media, especially Twitter, was actively used. In this paper, we perform a detailed analysis of social graphs and users who retweeted tweets of political parties during the election. Our aim is to obtain accurate information regarding the diffusion power for each party rather than just the number of followers. The results indicate that a user following a user who follows a political party account tended to also follow the account. This means that it does not increase diversity because users who follow each other tend to share similar values. We also find that followers of a specific party frequently retweeted the tweets. However, since users following the user who follow a political party account are not diverse, political parties delivered the information only to a few political detachment users.


Twitter Information diffusion Political party Election 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Toyohashi University of TechnologyToyohashiJapan
  2. 2.The University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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