Is this the Era of Misinformation yet? Combining Social Bots and Fake News to Deceive the Masses

Abstract

Social media is an amazing platform for enhancing public exposure. Anyone, even social bots, can reach out to a vast community and expose one’s opinion. But what happens when fake news is (un)intentionally spread within a social media? This paper reviews techniques that can be used to fabricate fake news and depicts a scenario where social bots evolve in a fully semantic Web to infest social media with automatically generated deceptive information.

Publication
In WWW ‘18 Companion: The 2018 Web Conference Companion.
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Patrick Wang
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Interested in how people learn CS, among other things.