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Assessing Trustworthiness in Social Media: A Social Computing Approach

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Technical Report,01 Nov 2011,31 May 2015

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Arizona State University Tempe United States

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Social media is gaining popularity in recent years and increasingly becoming an integral part of our life. Given the extensiveness, instantaneity, and diffusion speed of social media, e.g., a tweet or a clip of video, could galvanize a digital revolution or wreak havoc with ones otherwise routine and uneventful working life. With the presence of adversaries, the convenient use of and low barrier of social media brings about new challenges. How well we address these challenges can directly influence our ability to manage information and misinformation, and the future role of social media as a reliable communication mechanism. One such pressing challenge is to assess information trustworthiness in social media. We propose to investigate research issues related to social media trustworthiness and its assessment by leveraging social research methods, developing new computational social methods, and creating novel approaches to social media data collection and sharing.

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