Right-wing WhatsApp users in Brazil are louder, more active, more effective

Sep 02, 2019

After Brazil's 2018 presidential election, international political pundits and journalists wondered if social media platform WhatsApp enabled far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power. Northwestern University computer scientists now confirm that WhatsApp use played a key role in the electoral process.

After performing the first large-scale analysis of partisan WhatsApp groups in the context of Brazil's 2018 election, the researchers found that right-wing users were more effective in […]

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