Twitter not reliable predictor of election outcomes: study

File photo of a 3D printed Twitter logo in front of displayed stock graph in this illustration picture made in ZenicaIn fact, it is difficult to predict the outcome of an election based on the amount of Twitter buzz a candidate gets, according to a study from the Social Science Computer Review. The study, which focused on the 2013 German federal election, found that Twitter data was a more accurate measure of the level of interest in candidates rather than the level of support they will receive. "Negative events, such as political scandals, as well as positively evaluated events, such as accomplishments, can (both)underlie attention for a party or candidate," said the study, published on Monday.

via Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News


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