The "mutual ignoring" mechanism of cyberbalkanization: triangulating observational data analysis and agent-based modeling

Chan, Chung-hong ; Fu, King-wa

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Information Technology & Politics : JITP
Volume: 15
Issue number: 4
Page range: 378-387
Place of publication: Abingdon
Publishing house: Routledge, Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1933-1681 , 1933-169X
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Medien I (Wessler)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Cyberbalkanization has been observed in some online activities, but its mechanism remains uncertain. Drawing on the Social Balance Theory, we theorized that the formation of “mutual ignoring” triads (three actors in a group with only a pair of interacts) in a network is a key procedure for cyberbalkanization. A cyberbalkanized network was constructed using data shared on Facebook Pages during the 2014 Hong Kong protests. Our findings indicate “mutual ignoring” was a prominent triad network configuration, whereas no such configuration was found in randomly generated networks. Our empirical-based observation was retested with simulation by agent-based model, confirming that “mutual ignoring” is essential for the emergence of cyberbalkanization. A strategy is then suggested to minimize cyberbalkanization.

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