Unveiling the waves of mis- and disinformation from social media

Hassani, H., Komendantova, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179, Rovenskaya, E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2761-3443, & Yeganegi, R. (2024). Unveiling the waves of mis- and disinformation from social media. International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing 10.1142/S1793962324500338.

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In the digital era, social media platforms have become the focal point for public discourse, with a significant impact on shaping societal narratives. However, they are also rife with mis- and disinformation, which can rapidly disseminate and influence public opinion. This paper investigates the propagation of mis- and disinformation on X, a social media platform formerly known as Twitter. We employ a multidimensional analytical approach, integrating sentiment analysis, wavelet analysis, and network analysis to discern the patterns and intensity of misleading information waves. Sentiment analysis elucidates the emotional tone and subjective context within which information is framed. Wavelet analysis reveals the temporal dynamics and persistence of disinformation trends over time. Network analysis maps the intricate web of information flow, identifying key nodes and vectors of virality. The results offer a granular understanding of how false narratives are constructed and sustained within the digital ecosystem. This study contributes to the broader field of digital media literacy by highlighting the urgent need for robust analytical tools to navigate and neutralize the infodemic in the age of social media.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Misinformation, disinformation, X (Twitter) datasocial media, multidimensional analytics
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Cooperation and Transformative Governance (CAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2024 08:16
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 08:16
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/19806

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