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An Analysis of Twitter During the 2017 Zimbabwean Military Intervention


With the rapid expansion of social media, most notable events globally are recorded on one or more of the platforms. During the events of the Arab Spring uprisings, social media was seen to play a role in the protests. The role of social media increased in the Ukrainian anti-government protests of 2014 to 2015, and in the Fees Must Fall movement in South Africa in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, amongst growing pressure for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces intervened. The military intervention was followed by the citizen’s staging marches calling for the president to step down. During these events, social media was used as one of the communication tools narrating the events. This paper conducts an analysis of Twitter during the military intervention and the protests, where the tweets were captured using the Followthehashtag tool during the protests. The focus is on four predominate hashtags, and an analysis of both the metadata as well as the message contents is provided. Qualitative technique such as word frequency and word clouds are used to illustrate the common themes being distributed on Twitter.
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Brett Van Niekerk, Martina Barros, Trishana Ramluckan. An Analysis of Twitter During the 2017 Zimbabwean Military Intervention. 14th IFIP International Conference on Human Choice and Computers (HCC), Sep 2020, Tokyo, Japan. pp.233-247, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-62803-1_19⟩. ⟨hal-03525261⟩
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