Observing Malaysian Social Media

Archive for November 2013

Evolution of Spammers in Malaysian Politics

During the #Merdeka55 event (which you can read about here and here), we discovered the use of Twitter accounts to repeatedly send the same tweet at the same moment. This practice is known as spamming. You can see this pattern demonstrated in the below screenshot of the Twitter stream during the event – large blocks of identical tweets were being sent at the same moment.


Since that time we have had to continuously improve our spam detection methods to filter out the spammed tweets. Our priority in our reports is to share content that was shared by the most number of people (not users) and genuinely popular.

Content that appears popular due to the usage of automated accounts or people hired to spam the content across multiple accounts need to have their popularity rank adjusted. We do not censor spammed content or ban spammers, but only filter out the individual tweets.

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November 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Popular Response to #Bajet2014

Malaysia’s Federal Budget 2014 was announced on October 25th 2013. We monitored tweets related to the budget and analysed the content to see which budget measures were most popular.

Unlike last year’s Budget where the RM200 smartphone rebate was very popular among Twitter users, this year’s responses were mostly humourous, personal or sarcastic in nature. Essentially the tweets were not on-topic, which made analysis difficult. Certain topics could not be analysed in time due to their complexity, e.g. ‘harga minyak’ refers to both the price of cooking oil and the price of petrol. What we present here is a brief overview of the most popular responses based on keywords.
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November 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Top Tweets from #KongresKhas Keadilan

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (Keadilan) held a special congress (#KongresKhas) yesterday on 24th November 2013. We monitored tweets related to the event and compiled the following list of popular tweets. This listing is ranked based on the number of users who shared the content on Twitter.

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November 25, 2013 at 11:25 am

Top Tweets from the #SungaiLimau By-Election

A by-election for the Sungai Limau State Assembly (DUN) seat was held on the 4th of November 2013, with the campaign period from 23rd October 2013 – 3rd November 2013. Based on tweets about the campaign we prepared listings of popular content on Twitter, for both the campaign period and the polling day.
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November 22, 2013 at 10:37 am