2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Online Misinformation: From the Deceiver to the Victim

Degree Program

Computer Science, MS

Major Advisor Name

Francesca Spezzano

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


Social media, e-commerce are vulnerable to content deception, i.e. the deliberate act intended to mislead by falsifying information. Our research: studying the actors responsible for misinformation spread and quantifying the impact on potential victims in those platforms show that fraudulent reviews do not affect the quality of recommendations equally among all the users (26.6% benign users in yelp), there is a correlation between fake news publisher bias and its credibility and it is not necessary to read the content of news to asses its veracity, rather other time-efficient modalities are equally effective (AUROC 0.79 vs. 0.83).

Funding Information

Boise State University

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