Dutch political Instagram: Junk news, follower ecologies and artificial amplification

Gabriele Colombo, Carlo De Gaetano

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The research examines junk news, followers of problematic sources as well as artificial amplification on Instagram during the 2019 Dutch provincial and European parliamentary elections. First, this study looks at the circulation of junk content in high-engagement political spaces on Instagram. Second, it takes up the question of the mainstreaming of Dutch junk news providers by looking at the intersection between the followers of Dutch political entities and those of junk news sources. Third, it looks at the presence of artificial engagement tactics (specifically fake followers) employed by Dutch political entities and news sources on Instagram. In all it was found that Dutch political Instagram is a relatively healthy space, but not for all issues or political entities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Social Media Manipulation
EditorsRichard Rogers, Sabine Niederer
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9789048551675
ISBN (Print)9789463724838
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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