Influential Users in the Common Core and Black Lives Matter Social Media Conversation

Continuing previous work, we find that politically motivated popular users have the most influence in online discussions around Black Lives Matter and Common Core State Standards.

Abstract

This Data Report aims to map the pathways leading to issue politicization through identifying influential users within politically contentious topics on Twitter, using the online discussion over the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. We find that politically motivated popular users are the most influential users in both CCSS and BLM online conversations.