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Abstract: Twitter is used for spreading information during crisis events. In this paper, we first retrieve event-related information
posted in English and Russian during six disasters and sports events that received wide media coverage in both
languages, using an adaptive information filtering method for automating the collection of about 100 000 messages.
We then compare the contents of these messages in terms of 17 informational and linguistic features using a
difference in differences approach. Our results suggest that posts in each language are focused on different types
of information. For instance, almost 50% of the popular people mentioned in these messages appear exclusively
in either the English messages or the Russian messages, but not both. Our results also suggest differences in the
adoption of platform mechanics during crises between Russian-speaking and English-speaking users. This has
important implications for data collection during crises, which is almost always focused on a single language.