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

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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