None of the candidates in the Yellowknife election had active and public Twitter accounts as of the end of the election’s nomination period. As a result, SAMbot was unable to track any candidates in Yellowknife. This may be because local residents are having online political conversations on other platforms.
Across geographical regions, it’s important to recognize that certain demographics are over or underrepresented in online discussions depending on the platform. Although online platforms present as comprehensive “digital town squares,” these discussion forums are not representative of all Canadians, and conversations can be siloed within each platform. We need further research to better understand where and how online civic discussions are taking place for all Canadians, particularly in rural or lower-population communities.