How gullible are you? predicting susceptibility to fake news

Tracy Jia Shen, Robert Cowell, Aditi Gupta, Thai Le, Amulya Yadav, Dongwon Lee

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Abstract

In this research, we hypothesize that some social users are more gullible to fake news than others, and accordingly investigate on the susceptibility of users to fake news-i.e., how to identify susceptible users, what are their characteristics, and if one can build a prediction model.Building on the crowdsourced annotations of 5 types of susceptible users in Twitter, we found out that: (1) susceptible users are correlated with a combination of user, network, and content features; (2) one can build a reasonably accurate prediction model with 0.82 in AUC-ROC for the multinomial classification task; and (3) there exists a correlation between the dominant susceptibility level of center nodes and that of the entire network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWebSci 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Web Science
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages287-288
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362023
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2019
Event11th ACM Conference on Web Science, WebSci 2019 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jun 30 2019Jul 3 2019

Publication series

NameWebSci 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Web Science

Conference

Conference11th ACM Conference on Web Science, WebSci 2019
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period6/30/197/3/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Cite this

Shen, T. J., Cowell, R., Gupta, A., Le, T., Yadav, A., & Lee, D. (2019). How gullible are you? predicting susceptibility to fake news. In WebSci 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Web Science (pp. 287-288). (WebSci 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Web Science). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3292522.3326055