Twitter may have more than 200m active users, but that still doesn’t mean it’s representative of the population at large. A new study from the Pew Research Center emphasises this point, noting that in the US: “The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys.” So this is about politics rather than music, noting that Twitter as a whole was often more liberal or pro-Democratic than the balance of public opinion during the 2012 presidential election. But it can sometimes be seemingly less liberal – more critical of Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, for example.

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