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Facebook and disintermediation in three UK general elections

Walsh, Matt and Singer, Jane B. 2023. Facebook and disintermediation in three UK general elections. Presented at: AEJMC Annual Conference, Political Communication Division, Washington, DC, USA, 7-10 August 2023.

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Through interviews with top-level British political journalists and communications strategists, this paper explores use of Facebook as a campaign tool in the UK General Elections of 2015, 2017, and 2019. Findings demonstrate increasing sophistication in political actors’ use of Facebook as a disintermediation device, bypassing the media to speak directly to voters. However, both sets of interviewees also expressed concern about effects of removing political gatekeepers on verification of information and accountability of information providers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 October 2023
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 12:43

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