MPs on Twitter: Who holds the influence?

27 Nov 2020 (2 months ago)

Information and communication technology has changed rapidly over the past 20 years with a key development being the emergence of social media.

Social media has had a powerful impact in the way that we communicate, how we formulate our opinions and how we perceive of ourselves, others and the world.

Twitter has become a popular social media platform with over 340 million people who tweet their opinions and create a frenzy about a particular topic. And, more recently, in the age of social media influencers, we have certainly seen its impact in how we shape and formulate our opinions about a person, institution or concept. It has certainly become a repository of information and more frightening disinformation that spreads like wildfire, at our fingertips.

The 6th Parliament looks different from previous parliaments: there are more women and young people. Spurred on by social media’s power and reach, more Members of Parliament are on Twitter and other social media platforms, and the numbers are gradually increasing. Two hundred and twenty three MPs in the National Assembly use Twitter, which accounts for over 50% of MPs.

In this infographic, we look at how many MPs use Twitter. We give you a snapshot of which political party has influence on Twitter and which member is at the forefront of this influence.

This infographic makes for an interesting analysis. Take a look here:

*Disclaimer: It is possible that this data has changed at the time of publishing this infographic. The data of MPs on Twitter and each MPs Twitter following is accurate as of the 23rd of November 2020.

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