Thomas Davidson

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Luigi Di Maio, the Italian Five Star Movement’s leader, poses with party founder Beppe Grillo, right, in Rome, on Monday, one day after the party won the highest share of votes in Sunday’s elections. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

Italy’s March 4 parliamentary election gave a major boost to outsider parties, including the Five Star Movement, which claimed the largest share of the vote (32 percent) as well as the far-fight League. Meanwhile, center parties of the left and right fared worse. The ruling Democratic Party garnered only 18 percent of the vote. The League wiped out former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, which some thought would lead a center-right coalition.

If the traditional parties want to regain their power in Italy, there is one place they may need to start: social media. It was the outside parties that had the stronger social media presence.…  Seguir leyendo »

Supporters of the hard-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party shout slogans during a September campaign rally for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Torgau, Germany. (Reuters)

For the first time since the early days of the Federal Republic of Germany, a party on the far right, the AfD (Alternative for Germany), has entered the Bundestag. AfD’s strong social media presence appears to have helped it win 12.6 percent of seats in Parliament seats, as some observers have noted.

To understand whether that impression might be true, we undertook an empirical analysis of AfD’s social media use. We began by examining how all the German political parties used Facebook in 2017. We learned that the AfD publishes more content, gets more likes, and engages more people than any other parties.…  Seguir leyendo »