30 Aug

The week of the constituent convention on social networks

by Espacio Público | Chile

Por Nieves Alcaíno, Manuel Arís e Guillermo Marín

Updated 31 de August, 2021 at 3:22 pm

23/08 to 26/08

This week in the Digital Debate, we did a survey based on what was said about the Constituent Convention on Twitter from Monday, August 23 until Thursday, August 26. The week was marked by the proposal of decisive plebiscites and controversies between the members.


This week, the word used the most in publications was “comisión” (commission), followed by “reglamento” (regulations), “chile” and “pueblo” (people). Other words included in the conversation were “política” (politics), “proceso” (process), “candidato” (candidate), “ddhh” (human rights), “libertad” (freedom), and “izquierda” (left).

124,300 tweets
105,100 retweets (85%)
9,100 replies (7%)


The hashtag used the most this week was #plebiscitosdirimentes (decisive plebiscites), which appeared after the debate and the agreement reached by the Convention’s Popular Participation Commission about carrying out civil consultations about subjects that do not have the support of 2/3 of the members of the constituent convention. 19 representatives of the left wing and center-left, including the Communist Party and members of the Non-Neutral Independents, agreed with the proposal of decisive plebiscites to amend the general proposal of the Commission. However, specialists expressed concerns about the viability of the consultation instrument, which fueled the debate on social networks. Other frequent hashtags in this week’s publications included #reglamentotalibán (Taliban regulation), #sacalavoz (express yourself), #conocimientoenlaconstitucion (knowledge in the constitution), #rechazodesalida (refuse the exit) and #atrevetechile (dare, Chile).

The hashtag #reglamentotalibán appeared after the members of the reserved chairs belonging to the Mapuche people filed a complaint with the Transitional Ethics Committee against Teresa Marinovic, Katerine Montealegre, Ruth Hurtado and Arturo Zúñiga for years of racism against the Machi Francisca Linconao. They accused the representatives of Vamos por Chile of linguistic discrimination and of associating the Machi with the crime against the Luchsinger-Mackay case. The member Marcela Cubillos criticized the measure in her Twitter accout and used the hashtag #reglamentotalibán.

The highest frequency of tweets per hour was registed on Thursday, August 26, at 9pm.


This week, two of the publications with the highest number of retweets were made once again by the member Teresa Marinovic. In one of the tweets, Marinovic reprimended another member of the convention, Jorge Baradit, after filing a complaint due to threats made against her and her children, and after he published that he was also the target of attacks made by “right-wing authorities and groups), and that the attacks made against her and her children would “maybe make her reflect”.
In another tweet, Marinovic shared a Youtube video by the Fundación Nuevamente in which she spoke about the “Neo-Nazi Members” and invited her followers to share and comment about the content in the video.

The other tweet with the most retweets came from the account of @Pajarobere, the General Secretary of the Medical Association, who made and ironic publication about the candidacies of the former Undersecretary of Assistance Networks Arturo Zúñiga for member of the constituent convention, the regional ministerial secretary of the metropolitan region Paula Labra for the Congress, and the former Minister of Health Jaime Mañalich for the Senate: ‘and people said we of @colmedchile were the ones politicizing the pandemic “to get a place in the elections”’, he tweeted.

Tweet 1:

– An undersecretary running for delegate
– a regional ministerial secretary running for the Congress
– a minister running for the Senate
…and people said we of @colmedchile were the ones politicizing the pandemic “to get a place in the elections”.
[laughing emojis]

Tweet 2:

@baradit has already said physical violence against a member is “convenient”. Today, the threats of physical and sexual aggression against myself and my children might “help me reflect”. Who does this bully think he is? Is he going to delete his tweets again?

Tweet 3:

I would appreciate it if you could help me share this video and give your opinion about its content (I’ll read it). It’s about constituent members and the neo-nazi logic [youtube link] via @YouTube


This week, we found similar dispersions to those previously observed between the two communities. However, unlike the last publication of the Digital Debate, there were no accounts connecting the two communities. The account of Teresa Marinovic remained the most influential in the blue community, while the pink community has no accounts with comparable weight. According to the search results, the most influential account in the conversation on Twitter this week was Marinovic once again.

After Teresa Marinovic’s, the most influential accounts this week were @Pajarobere, @mister_wolf_0, the account of Marcela Cubillos, the account of the district 3 constituent member, Cristina Dorador, and the account of the vice-president of the Convention and district 7 constituent member, Jaime Bassa.



This week’s analysis was carried out using 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) -acusación -”unidad constituyente” -#debateunidadconstituyente.

Through this query, we sought to include conversations related to the constituent process, removing publications containing the word “acusación” (accusation) in order to filter out publications about constitutional accusations from the sample, and excluding the words “unidad constituyente” (constituent unity) or the hashtag #debateunidadconstituyente (constituent unity debate) in order to find the publications related to that topic.

We searched for data in conversations that happened among users located in Chile and in Spanish.
The search considered the period between Monday, August 23 and Thursday, August 26, 2021.

* The Digital Democracy Room is a project of FGV DAPP in Brazil in partnership with Chequeado, 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.