Research Paper

Posverdad, redes sociales e islamofobia en Europa. Un estudio de caso: el incendio de Notre Dame.

The exponential growth of public information available to citizenshas led to the appearance of phenomena such as fake news and post-truth, due to the difficulty of discerning the credible information from the hoaxes, which make their way faster through digital networks thanks to his emotional connection with uncritical and credulous audiences. Social networks like Twitter have become the perfect vehicle to spread this type of false news and hoaxes, in which Islam is a recurring theme, and thus promote Islamophobia. The fire of Notre Dame in April 2019 was a good example of how Twitter is disseminated this type of information with the aim of sowing hatred towards this religion by radical and far right groups. Through an extraction and analysis of tweets and the users that disseminate them, it is visible how the Islamophobic publications make more noise and get more diffusion than other types of publications, and that when terms such as Islam are combined with other current ones, it is usually for spread hatred or fear towards this religion, sowing bewilderment and paranoia through misinformation.

Magazine or publication RAE-IC. Revista de la Asociación Española de Investigación de la Comunicación