Telegram Channels and Bots: A Ranking of Media Outlets Based in Spain
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Herrero-Solana, V.; Castro-Castro, C. Telegram Channels and Bots: A Ranking of Media Outlets Based in Spain. Societies 2022, 12, 164. [https://doi.org/10.3390/soc12060164]
SponsorshipSpanish Government RTI2018-098966-B-I00; Andalusian PAIDI program SEJ036
Telegram, an Industry 4.0 style communication service, is one of the world’s most widespread communication platforms. The availability of channels and bots has opened as a broadcast channel for any media outlet. We asked the following questions: Do media outlets from Spain use Telegram channels? Which media outlets? Are they verified? What is their volume of subscribers? Can this information be used to rank media outlets? We identified many media channels and data were collected from each one. We present the results in a ranking. Forty-two media based in Spain have Telegram channels, 26 of which are ranked in the directory. Less than half of these channels are verified by the platform, and only three are linked to their website. This lack of verification could lead to the proliferation of fake channels. The article ends with a series of recommendations for channel managers to make it easier for the end user to identify and verify each media outlet.