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Telegram's design prioritizes user security and minimal content moderation, making it appealing for communities banned from mainstream platforms, such as conspiracy influencers or far-right movements. We examine the bi-directional behavior of users in a conspiratorial Telegram group chat during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2023. We find that the network structure of this community evolved throughout the pandemic, where the network grew both in the number of active users, as well as in the number of interactions. This increased interconnectivity coincided with surges in planning discussions for associated offline protests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2024 - Extended Abstracts of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems
Place of PublicationNew York, U. S. A.
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9798400703317
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2024
Event2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems, CHI EA 2024 - Hybrid, Honolulu, USA United States
Duration: 11 May 202416 May 2024

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems, CHI EA 2024
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityHybrid, Honolulu


  • collective action
  • conspiracy theories
  • social network analysis
  • Telegram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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