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American Democracy Under Threat: Misinformation and Disinformation on Social Media. A case study of Donald Trump's mis- and disinformation tweets in the context of the 2021 Capitol siege

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Van Rickstal, Cécile ULiège
Promotor(s) : Herbillon, Marie ULiège
Date of defense : 14-Jun-2021/24-Jun-2021 • Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2268.2/12157
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Title : American Democracy Under Threat: Misinformation and Disinformation on Social Media. A case study of Donald Trump's mis- and disinformation tweets in the context of the 2021 Capitol siege
Translated title : [fr] La démocratie américaine menacée : "misinformation" et "disinformation" sur les réseaux sociaux. Une étude de cas des tweets de "misinformation" et de "disinformation" de Donald Trump dans le contexte de l'assaut du Capitole.
Author : Van Rickstal, Cécile ULiège
Date of defense  : 14-Jun-2021/24-Jun-2021
Advisor(s) : Herbillon, Marie ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Geuens, Geoffrey ULiège
Hamers, Jérémy ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 110
Keywords : [en] disinformation
[en] misinformation
[en] Social media
[fr] Donald Trump
Discipline(s) : Social & behavioral sciences, psychology > Communication & mass media
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en communication multilingue, à finalité spécialisée en communication économique et sociale
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres

Abstract

[en] Since Donald Trump came to power in 2017, the debate about the consequences of mis- and disinformation on social media has continued to grow. This thesis aims to discuss the impact of online mis- and disinformation on American democracy with the help of a case study of Donald Trump’s tweets between 3 November 2020, which was the day of the election, and 6 January 2021, which was the day of the Capitol storming. This thesis presents four mechanisms that show how Trump’s mis- and disinformation tweets contributed to the assault on the U.S. Capitol. First, online polarisation, second, the spread of mis- and disinformation on Twitter, third, Donald Trump core supporters’ news ecosystem, finally, Trump’s rhetoric on Twitter. The findings contribute to the building of the theory according to which mis- and disinformation represent a threat to democracy.


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  • Van Rickstal, Cécile ULiège Université de Liège > Master commu. multi., à fin.

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  • Geuens, Geoffrey ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département médias, culture et communication > Th. critique des nouv. médias & Analyse des gr. de commun.
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  • Hamers, Jérémy ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département médias, culture et communication > Cinéma documentaire et littératie médiatique
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