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Fire at the National Museum prompts 1.6 million tweets

Temer was associated with the reduction of funding for areas such as culture and education; Lula’s and Dilma’s administrations were criticized due to the Rouanet Law; most retweeted publication highlights relevance of the collection

Updated 10 de September, 2018 at 1:50 pm

The fire that struck the National Museum prompted more than 1.6 million publications on Twitter between Sunday (2) at 7 pm and this Monday (3) at 1 pm, one of the largest mobilizations verified this year on the network, similar to the assassination of Marielle Franco and the truck drivers’ strike. The analysis shows a polarized discussion around the identification of those responsible for the tragedy.

Evolution of mentions about the fire at the National Museum
7pm Sep, 2  – 1pm Sep, 3

Source: Twitter | Elaborated by: FGV DAPP

The peak of mentions to the theme was verified between 10 pm and 11:59 pm, when the social network registered almost 4.7 posts per minute about the subject. The most retweeted publication in the period, with approximately 57 thousand retweets, emphasizes the size and relevance of the collection that was lost. There was high repercussion of tweets demanding that the government be punished for the fire and comparing the maintenance costs of the museum to values received by the Judiciary Branch.


Map of interactions about the fire at the National Museum
7pm Sep, 2 – 8am Sep, 3

Source: Twitter | Elaborated by: FGV DAPP

Red (28,56%): users who blame Michel Temer’s administration for the funding cuts that may be associated with the fire.

Pink (54,2%): users who state, in a general way, that Brazilian governments do not value culture and the country’s memory.

Blue (14,86%): users who criticize PT’s administrations for using the Rouanet Law for other cultural activities and not for the maintenance of museums.