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dc.contributor.authorSilverman, Jon
dc.contributor.illustrator
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-19T10:59:57Z
dc.date.available2022-05-19T00:00:00Z
dc.date.available2020-11-19T10:59:57Z
dc.date.issued2020-11-19
dc.identifier.citationSilverman J (2021) 'WhatsApp in Sierra Leone : burning bridges or building them?', African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, 11/12 (in press), pp.-.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2156-695X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/624624
dc.description.abstractThe text messaging application WhatsApp has been heavily criticized for acting as a vehicle for the spread of misinformation and unsubstantiated rumour, leading, in some parts of the world, to violence and even death. But the closed nature of WhatsApp groups has presented a structural problem as a subject for credible social science research. A collaborative project between the Universities of Bedfordshire (UK) and Sierra Leone has tracked messaging in an experimental student WhatsApp group using critical discourse analysis in order to generate a deeper understanding of discursive influences in a fragile society. It asks whether the affordance of a WhatsApp group necessarily amplifies offline polarizations and explores routes to consensuality in a divided post-conflict state. It concludes that more robust interventions by group administrators could foster free speech while avoiding the need for intrusive regulation from outside agencies. Key words – social media; discourse; rumours; WhatsApp;ethno-regional;divisiveen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGlobal Challenges Research Funden_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherIndiana University Pressen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectsocial mediaen_US
dc.subjectSierra Leoneen_US
dc.subjectWhatsAppen_US
dc.subjectSubject Categories::P304 Electronic Media studiesen_US
dc.titleWhatsApp in Sierra Leone : burning bridges or building them?en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn2156-7263
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen_US
dc.identifier.journalAfrican Conflict and Peacebuilding Reviewen_US
dc.date.updated2020-11-19T10:51:47Z
dc.description.notehttps://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/8488 accepted version 18m embargo


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