Research

Conference Presentations

Zhang, M. (2019, May). Understanding Rumor Retransmission Mechanism on Social Media in Crises Events: An Empirical Study of the China Child Abuse Scandal on Weibo. Paper presented at International Communication Associations (ICA) 69th Annual Conference, DC Washington (Top 2 Student Paper Award in the Mass Communication Division)

Zhang, M & Jiang, H. (2020, May). What Influences Information Adoption about Environmental Issues in a social Q&A Site? Paper will be presented at International Communication Associations (ICA) 70th Annual Conference, Golden Coast, Australia

Zhang, M., Wang X. & Hu Y. (2020, May). Strategy Matters but Varies: A Structural Topic Model Approach to Analyzing China’s Foreign Propaganda Machine on Twitter. Paper will be presented at International Communication Associations (ICA) 70th Annual Conference, Golden Coast, Australia

Journal Publications

Jiang, H., Qiang, M., Fan, Q., & Zhang, M. (2018). Scientific research driven by large-scale infrastructure projects: A case study of the Three Gorges Project in China. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 134, 61-71.

Working Papers

Exploring the effect of government propaganda: the case of China’s twitter trolls targeting Hong Kong protests

Information manipulation has become a key tool for regimes to guide public opinion and collective attitude. In the digital era, computational means including propaganda trolls and social bots are frequently used to influence people’s perception in political events. The effect of such large-scale computational propaganda remains rarely explored. The case of China’s state-backed information operation focused on the Hong Kong protests on twitter provides an opportunity for us to observe people’s opinion change under such influence. In this study, we use the troll accounts suspended by Twitter as a starting point to further investigate how public perception of Hong Kong protests is changed after interactions with government trolls.