04 Dec

The week of the Constituent Convention on social networks (29.11 – 03.12)

by Espacio Público | Chile

Por Nieves Alcaíno, Manuel Arís, Guillermo Marín

Updated 6 de December, 2021 at 5:50 pm

This week in the Digital Debate we analyzed what Twitter users posted regarding the constituent process and the work of the Convention. The debate on social networks was marked by the controversy regarding the behavior of the Constituent Teresa Marinovic during the vote for the members of the Technical Secretariat for Indigenous Participation and Consultation.

Summary
124,700 tweets
108,700 retweets (87%)
7,900 replies (6%)

Words

The words used the most on Twitter publications this week
Were “chile”, “violencia”, “marinovic”, “mascarilla”, “respeto”, and “derecha”.

The words “teresa”, “marinovic”, “hemiciclo”, and “mascarilla” are related to an episode that happened during the vote for the members of the Technical Secretariat for Indigenous Participation and Consultation, when a few Constituents used their Twitter accounts to repudiate Teresa Marinovic’s disrespectful attitude. According to Convention members, she was not wearing a mask and was smoking and screaming against the Native Peoples. Afterwards, she allegedly left the session.

In turn, the words “carrete”, “declaración”, “disculpas”, and “falsedad” are related to a petition organized by some Twitter users who demanded an apology from the media outlet Biobío after it published a news article claiming that a few constituents had thrown a party during their trip to the Biobío region in the Pettra de Concepción hotel, a fact that has been strongly denied by those involved and by employees of the hotel.

Hashtags

This week, the main hashtags used on Twitter regarding the target topic were #gaspopularya, #contigochv, #boricpresidente, #fakeconstituyentemv, #chvnoticias and #mentirasverdaderas.

The hashtag #gaspopularya appeared on the network after the Association of Free Municipalities announced a potential agreement with the ENAP in order to purchase and distribute cooking gas at a lower price for people in their communes. More than 100 mayors gathered at the Chiguayante commune for the “National Summit for the Fair Price of Cooking Gas” in order to find solutions for the issue of access to cooking gas by citizens. However, the Office of the Federal Controller General closed the door for the possibility, arguing that “the current regulations do not provide for it”. ”
The hashtag #mentirasverdaderas appeared in the results because the constituents Jorge Baradit and Rocío Cantuarias participated in the program Mentiras Verdaderas aired by La Red on Monday, November 29.

Lastly, the hashtags #circoconstituyente and #rechazodesalida reappeared among the most frequent hashtags by users on Twitter regarding the activities of the Convention. Like the previous week, there were also hashtags related to the second round of the presidential election between José Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric, such as #boricpresidente, #boric, #chilevotaporboric, #kastpresidente2022, and
#meunoconboric.

Timeline

The highest frequency of tweets per hour was registered on December 1st at 5pm. That was the day of the vote for the members of the Technical Secretariat for Indigenous Participation and Consultation, leading to a controversy related to Teresa Marinovic’s behavior during the session.

Tweets with the most retweets

The tweets with the highest number of retweets were published from the accounts of the journalist Yasna Lewin, the Constituent for district 23, Manuela Royo, and the Constituent for district 26, Adriana Ampuero.
The journalist Yasna Lewin made the most shared critic against the media outlet Biobío after they did not correct the news article they published: “I haven’t found any correction or apology by @biobio after their false allegations of “wild partying” by the Constitutional Convention. Can you help me find it, please? I need it for my Journalism classes”, she wrote. In turn, Manuela Royo and Adriana Ampuero made the critics with the most retweets regarding Teresa Marinovic’s behavior. Sharing an image of the session, Manuela Royo publised: “The behavior of the constituent Marinovic in the voting session was unpresentable and repugnant. She was not wearing a mask, she was smoking a cigarette and screaming against the Native Peoples, demonstrating everything her “republican” sector represents: intolerance, aggressiveness and disrespect”. The constituent Adriana Ampuero also shared a photo and published: “Today at the #ConvencionConstitucional, the constituent Teresa Marinovic refused to wear a mask despite the constant requests by the board and other constituents. After that, she left the official session. These people talk about respect, ethics, honesty and tolerance only when it’s convenient for them”.

Tweet 1:
I haven’t found any correction or apology by @biobio after their false allegations of “wild partying” by the Constitutional Convention. Can you help me find it, please? I need it for my Journalism classes.

Tweet 2:
The behavior of the constituent Marinovic in the voting session was unpresentable and repugnant. She was not wearing a mask, she was smoking a cigarette and screaming against the Native Peoples, demonstrating everything her “republican” sector represents: intolerance, aggressiveness and disrespect.

Tweet 3:
“Today at the #ConvencionConstitucional, the constituent Teresa Marinovic refused to wear a mask despite the constant requests by the board and other constituents. After that, she left the official session. These people talk about respect, ethics, honesty and tolerance only when it’s convenient for them

Analysis of networks and communities

This week, the pink community had a larger size than the blue community. However, Teresa Marinovic’s account remained, by far, the most influential in both communities, as seen in the communities map.

The most influential accounts in the last five days besides Teresa Marinovic’s were the journalist Yasna Lewin, the constituent Manuela Royo, the constituent Adriana Ampuero, Marcela Cubillos, Jorge Baradit, Patricia Politzer, and the Recoleta mayor and former presidential candidate Daniel Jadue.

Methodological note

The survey was carried out through the Trendsmap application with the following query: (constituyente OR constituyentes OR constitucional OR constitución OR constitucion OR convencion OR convención OR convencionales OR convencional) OR (#convencionconstituyente OR #convenciónconstituyente OR #convencionconstitucional OR #convenciónconstitucional OR #convencion OR #convención)

Through this survey, we sought to find Twitter conversations related to the work of the Constitutional Convention and the constituent process between Monday, November 29 at 12am and Friday, November 3 at 9am. We collected data on conversations produced by users located in Chile and in Spanish.

 

* The Digital Democracy Room is a project of FGV DAPP in Brazil in partnership with Animal Político, Bolivia Verifica, Chequeado, Confidencial, Espacio Público, Linterna Verde and Ojo Público. It’s goal is to monitor and analyze the digital conversations regarding the electoral context.

The analysis is available the website of Espacio Público here.

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