Intensified Ideological Online Clashes with Group Political Bias
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Date Written: September 14, 2020
We collect the data from Hong Kong’s major news media Facebook pages from 2019 to 2020 to examine the online ideological clash between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing parties. We show that the increase of pro-police comments in Simplified Chinese induced a stronger reaction from the opposite side with more comments promoting anti-police and supporting Hong Kong independence. We attribute the intensification of ideological clashes to the longstanding inherent bias among netizens after the “Official Character Simplifications” reforms implemented by the Communist Party of China in the 1950s. At the same time, the presence of bots greatly alleviated the intensification.
Keywords: social media, writing habit, political protests, ideological clashes;
JEL Classification: D71, L82, P48, P51
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