MEDIA SOURCES SHARED ON FACEBOOK AND NETWORKING BY ERDOĞAN AND THE AKP IN TURKEY
Studia Politica Slovaca, 2021, vol. 14, no. 2-3, p. 111-126
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its leader Erdoğan represent the culturally heterogeneous periphery against the old ruling elite in Turkey. After almost two decades in power, Erdoğan and the AKP subdued the mainstream media while they aim to realize the same scenario with respect to the social media. Social media are spaces for governmental or pro-governmental propaganda, but also for the expression of political dissent. Politicians in Turkey have been using various social media platforms more effectively since the 2010s. This research reveals that the great majority of the content shared by Erdoğan and the AKP Facebook (FB) accounts belong to their own media production teams. The shared sources are disseminating pro-government propaganda. The Erdoğan FB account has a more intensive network than the AKP FB account. We also found that the main promoters of these two FB accounts were using pseudo names, which might indicate that the main promoters were political trolls.
Facebook, AKP, populism, Erdogan, network analysis, media, Turkey, Twitter
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