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Discussing conflict in social media: The use of Twitter in the Jammu and Kashmir conflict

Gabel, Sabrina ; Reichert, Lilian ; Reuter, Christian (2022):
Discussing conflict in social media: The use of Twitter in the Jammu and Kashmir conflict. (Publisher's Version)
In: Media, War & Conflict, SAGE Publications, ISSN 1750-6352,
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022165,

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Status: Publisher's Version
Title: Discussing conflict in social media: The use of Twitter in the Jammu and Kashmir conflict
Language: English

Social media have come to play a vital role not only in our everyday lives, but also in times of conflict and crisis such as natural disasters or civil wars. Recent research has highlighted, on the one hand, the use of social media as a means of recruitment by terrorists and, on the other hand, the use of Facebook, Twitter, etc. to gain the support of the population during insurgencies. This article conducts a qualitative content analysis of content on Twitter concerning the conflict in the Jammu and Kashmir region. The tweets following the death of a popular militant, Burhan Wani, cover three different themes: (1) criticism of intellectuals; (2) Burhan Wani’s impact on the conflict; and (3) tweets referring to the conflict itself. Generally, people use Twitter to make their own point of view clear to others and discredit the opposing party; at the same time, tweets reflect the antagonism between the two parties to the conflict, India and Pakistan. The sample of tweets reflects the lack of awareness among people in the region regarding the motivations of the new generation of militancy emerging in Kashmir after 1990.

Journal or Publication Title: Media, War & Conflict
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Collation: 26 Seiten
Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis informatics, Kashmir conflict, qualitative content analysis, social media, Twitter
Classification DDC: 000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft > 004 Informatik
000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft > 070 Nachrichtenmedien, Journalismus, Verlagswesen
300 Sozialwissenschaften > 320 Politik
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science > Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC)
Forschungsfelder > Information and Intelligence > Cybersecurity & Privacy
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 13:21
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2022 13:21
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022165
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URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-221658
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/22165
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