Detecting and containing rumors (4/11)

On social media, rumors spread like wildfire. These rumors can have disastrous, real world implications. When the AP’s twitter account was hacked in 2013, posting a single tweet: “Breaking: Two Explosions in White House and Barak Obama is injured,” it only took 6 minutes to reach millions and cause a temporary market drop of $136.5 billion. Detecting and acting upon these rumors as soon as they happen is vital to minimizing their harmful effect. Review of tweets suggest that rumor tweets tend to follow a similar writing style, while non-rumor tweets have a separate writing style.

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