Analyzing disinformation and crowd manipulation tactics on youtube

Muhammad Nihal Hussain, Serpil Tokdemir, Nitin Agarwal, Samer Al-Khateeb

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Abstract

YouTube, since its inception in 2005, has grown to become largest online video sharing website. It's massive userbase uploads videos and generates discussion by commenting on these videos. Lately, YouTube, akin to other social media sites, has become a vehicle for spreading fake news, propaganda, conspiracy theories, and radicalizing content. However, lack ineffective image and video processing techniques has hindered research on YouTube. In this paper, we advocate the use of metadata in identifying such malicious behaviors. Specifically, we analyze metadata of videos (e.g., comments, commenters) to study a channel on YouTube that was pushing content promoting conspiracy theories regarding World War III. Identifying signals that could be used to detect such deviant content (e.g., videos, comments) can help in stemming the spread of disinformation. We collected over 4,145 videos along with 16,493 comments from YouTube. We analyze user engagement to assess the reach of the channel and apply social network analysis techniques to identify inorganic behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2018
EditorsAndrea Tagarelli, Chandan Reddy, Ulrik Brandes
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1092-1095
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538660515
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2018
Event10th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2018 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Aug 28 2018Aug 31 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2018 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2018

Conference

Conference10th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2018
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period8/28/188/31/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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