Beyond news contents: the role of social context for fake news detection

Beyond news contents: the role of social context for fake news detection Shu et al., WSDM'19 Today we’re looking at a more general fake news problem: detecting fake news that is being spread on a social network. Forgetting the computer science angle for a minute, it seems intuitive to me that some important factors here … Continue reading Beyond news contents: the role of social context for fake news detection

Algorithmic glass ceiling in social networks: the effects of social recommendations on network diversity

Algorithmic glass ceiling in social networks: the effects of social recommendations on network diversity Stoica et al., WWW'18 (If you don’t have ACM Digital Library access, the paper can be accessed either by following the link above directly from The Morning Paper blog site, or from the WWW 2018 proceedings page). Social networks were meant … Continue reading Algorithmic glass ceiling in social networks: the effects of social recommendations on network diversity

Online actions with offline impact: how online social networks influence online and offline social behavior

Online actions with offline impact: how online social networks influence online and offline user behavior Althoff et al., WSDM 2017 You can go to a lot of effort to build social networking features or support into your app or website. If the goal is engagement directly within the app then at least you have something … Continue reading Online actions with offline impact: how online social networks influence online and offline social behavior

Beyond the words: predicting user personality from heterogeneous information

Beyond the words: predicting user personality from heterogeneous information Wei et al., WSDM 2017 Here's a very topical paper! You may have seen the recent Motherboard piece, "The data that turned the world upside down," describing how personality profiling was used to provide tailored messages to voters in the recent American elections. In the interest … Continue reading Beyond the words: predicting user personality from heterogeneous information

RedQueen: An online algorithm for smart broadcasting in social networks

RedQueen: An online algorithm for smart broadcasting in social networks Zarezade et al., WSDM 2017 Update: see also this very helpful project page by the authors: RedQueen. Ssshh, don't tell the folks in marketing ;). This paper starts out with a simple question "when's the best time to tweet if you want to get noticed?," … Continue reading RedQueen: An online algorithm for smart broadcasting in social networks

Reducing controversy by connecting opposing views

Reducing controversy by connecting opposing views Garimella et al., WSDM 2017 Society is often polarized by controversial issues that split the population into groups with opposing views. When such issues emerge on social media, we often observe the creation of ‘echo chambers’, i.e., situations where like-minded people reinforce each other’s opinion, but do not get … Continue reading Reducing controversy by connecting opposing views