Colombian politicians and Twitter usage: on the path to gender parity

Angie K. González G., Carme, Ferré Pavia

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Abstract

This article aims to determine whether there are gender-based differences in using Twitter. For this purpose, 518,156 tweets from 280 Colombian Congress members were analysed. The study compares the number of tweets, audience, influence and efficacy of their messages on Twitter. Despite Colombia being below average in terms of political equality, research shows that a gender balance exists between Colombian male and female politicians on this social media channel. Members of the Colombian Congress use Twitter similarly, regardless of their gender: they are comparably influential in terms of volume, amplification, audience and efficacy of their messages. In fact, no significant gender differences exist regarding audience figures or amplification. However, the data show remarkable disparities regarding political party affiliation and ideological beliefs rather than gender.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2218909
Number of pages16
JournalPolitical Research Exchange
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Political communication
  • Colombia
  • Female legislators
  • Gender equality
  • Twitter

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