Digital Media Landscape in Brazil: Political (Mis)Information and Participation on Facebook and WhatsApp

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https://doi.org/10.51685/jqd.2021.015

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social media, WhatsApp, political information, misinformation, Brazil

Abstract

WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging platforms across the globe and is particularly prominent in the Global South. Despite being a private messaging app, WhatsApp is becoming an important platform for political information and political talk, which raises concerns about the spread of misinformation on the platform. This paper presents comprehensive descriptive results of a national survey of internet users in Brazil, focusing on political information on social media. Our data shows that Brazilians are very active social media users, particularly on Facebook and WhatsApp, and consider these platforms very important to fulfill a myriad of political and informational aims. However, they also demonstrate great concern about the quality and accuracy of information circulating online. Despite finding significant differences in how these two platforms are used, the data suggests that WhatsApp is becoming central to how Brazilians have access to and engage with politics.

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Érica Anita Baptista, Federal University of Minas Gerais

 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Communication, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Vanessa Veiga de Oliveira, Federal University of Minas Gerais

 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

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2021-04-26

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Rossini, P., Baptista, Érica A., Veiga de Oliveira, V., & Stromer-Galley, J. (2021). Digital Media Landscape in Brazil: Political (Mis)Information and Participation on Facebook and WhatsApp. Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media, 1. https://doi.org/10.51685/jqd.2021.015

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