Streams of hate and untruth?

Using online news comments, posts and tweets to investigate attitudes and the prevalence of hate and untruth in political debates

Hundreds of millions of comments, posts and tweets are left everyday by people all over the world, but many of them are polarized and uncivil, clearly stretching freedom of speech and often putting democratic political debate into question. Different social and political actors are also using the online media environment to propagate ideas, set agendas, manipulate news frames, or simply to disrupt and shock.


This research is aimed at understanding attitudes and behaviours towards offensive language, hate messages, message/news distortion, and polarization of issues, and how these impact on the quality of political debate.


Research project funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (PTDC/CPO-CPO/28495/2017 ).