2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Sunday, July 30 • 11:01 - 12:30
A Study Of Tweet Veracity: Separating Rumors From Counter-Rumors [FULL]

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Authors: Alton Chua and Snehasish Banerjee

Abstract: Rumors are known to propagate easily through computer-mediated communication channels such as Twitter. Their outbreak is often followed by the spread of counter-rumors, which are messages that debunk rumors. The likelihood of a tweet to be either a rumor or a counter-rumor is referred as tweet veracity in this paper. Since both rumors and counter-rumors are expected to contain claims, the two might not be easily distinguishable. If Internet users fail to separate rumors from counter-rumors, the latter will not serve its purpose. Hence, this paper investigates the extent to which tweet veracity could be predicted by content as well as contributors’ profile. The investigation focuses on the death hoax case of Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew on Twitter. A total of 1,000 tweets (500 rumors + 500 counter-rumors) are analyzed using binomial logistic regression. Results indicate that tweet veracity could be predicted by clarity, proper nouns, visual cues, references to credible sources as well as contributors’ duration of membership, and number of followers. The significance of these findings are highlighted.

Sunday July 30, 2017 11:01 - 12:30 EDT
TRS 1-075 - 7th Flr Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C9

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