Rumors and rumor corrections on Twitter: Studying message characteristics and opinion leadership

  • Alton Y. K. Chua, Snehasish Banerjee
  • May 2018, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • DOI: 10.1109/infoman.2018.8392837

Let's try to distinguish between rumors and their rebuttals

Photo by Kayla Velasquez on Unsplash

Photo by Kayla Velasquez on Unsplash

What is it about?

The paper distinguishes between rumors and rumor rebuttals based on message characteristics and users’ opinion leadership. The findings have the potential to help authorities as well as individuals craft appropriate rumor rebuttals.

Why is it important?

Both rumors and their rebuttals contain claims of the truth. Hence, they may not be easily distinguishable to the naked eye. If users fail to separate the two, rebuttals will fail to serve their purpose.


Dr Snehasish Banerjee
University of York

Online opinion leaders were not superior than common users in crafting high quality rumor rebuttals. This counter-intuitive finding suggests that it is high time opinion leaders start creating online content befitting of their status in the community. Only then can we hope for a better and healthier cyberspace.

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