Twitter reflections on Syrian conflict from Turkey

Öztürkcan, Selcen and Arın, İnanç and Kasap, Nihat and Saygın, Yücel (2022) Twitter reflections on Syrian conflict from Turkey. In: International Conference on Business and Technology, ICBT 2021, Istanbul, Turkey

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The Syrian conflict is a well-known regional conflict, where Turkey is among the most affected countries in political, social, and economic terms. This study explores the Turkish public reflections on the Syria conflict by analyzing 450,000 Tweets posted in the Turkish language between Feb 1, 2015, and Feb 27, 2016. This chapter contributes to the literature by providing a broader perspective with the main research questions of: (1) What are the widely discussed topics on Twitter about Syria by the Turkish users? (2) Were these topics attracting more users to Twitter or encouraging the further engagement of the already existing users? (3) How can the fading-out characteristics of the most popular topics be described? (4) Why-under which conditions and with which features-Tweets about Syria end up extensively re-Tweeted by Turkish users? The authors report a predictive model of 86.12% accuracy to classify high and low Tweets based on the number of re-Tweets received via seven features. The analysis reveals that armed fighting, religious, and political sensitivities within the Turkish public inflate the volume of posted Tweets.
Item Type: Papers in Conference Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Big Data; Classification; Clustering; Syrian conflict; Turkey; Twitter usage
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Sabancı Business School
Depositing User: Selcen Öztürkcan
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2022 00:02
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2022 00:02

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