Citizen Engagement and Social Media: The Case of Mexican Presidential Candidacies

Citizen Engagement and Social Media

Sandoval-Almazan R, Montes de Oca J (2022) Citizen engagement and social media. The case of Mexican presidential candidacies Ch 51. In Research Anthology of Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change pages. 945-966

Social media has transformed election campaigns around the world. While it is difficult to determine to what extent social media influence voters’ decisions, there is no doubt that social media platforms impact on candidate advertising and public debate during elections.

This research, the methodological formulation of which is based on a case study, seeks to investigate the use of social media during political campaigns to collect signatures of support. In the elections of 2018, aspiring candidates for presidential election required a certain number of signatures of support in order to register as official candidates.

We collected social media data on a weekly basis from the Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts of seven candidates and contrasted this data with the number of signatures validated by the electoral authority. We found no relationship between the level of support received and the use of social media in the case of any of the candidates.

However, we observed candidates who did achieve the required number of signatures and who did receive official presidential candidate status as a result of their high level of visibility. This research contributes methodologically to the current literature and provides empirical evidence regarding independent candidates in Mexico.

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social media, citizen, presidential candidacies, México