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Combating Misinformation/ Disinformation in Online Social Media: A Multidisciplinary View

Mauro Barni, Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics, University of Siena, Italy, Yi Fang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Santa Clara University, USA, Yuhong Liu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Santa Clara University, USA, yhliu@scu.edu , Laura Robinson, Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University, USA, Kazutoshi Sasahara, Department of Innovation Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Subramaniam Vincent, Director of Journalism and Media Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, USA, Xinchao Wang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Zhizheng Wu, School of Data Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China
 
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Mauro Barni, Yi Fang, Yuhong Liu, Laura Robinson, Kazutoshi Sasahara, Subramaniam Vincent, Xinchao Wang and Zhizheng Wu (2022), "Combating Misinformation/ Disinformation in Online Social Media: A Multidisciplinary View", APSIPA Transactions on Signal and Information Processing: Vol. 11: No. 2, e42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/116.00000127

Publication Date: 28 Oct 2022
© 2022 M. Barni, Y. Fang, Y. Liu, L. Robinson, K. Sasahara, S. Vincent, X. Wang and Z. Wu
 
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In this article:
Introduction 
What Do Your Respective Disciplines Bring to the Social Media Dis/Misinformation Issue? 
What are the Reasons for the Popularity of Dis/Misinformation in Online Social Media? 
What are the Major Challenges Facing Your Respective Disciplines? 
What do You Envision as the Future Directions or Promising Solutions? 
Suggestions 
Conclusion 
References 

Abstract

Recently, the viral propagation of mis/disinformation has raised significant concerns from both academia and industry. This problem is particularly difficult because on the one hand, rapidly evolving technology makes it much cheaper and easier to manipulate and propagate social media information. On the other hand, the complexity of human psychology and sociology makes the understanding, prediction and prevention of users’ involvement in mis/disinformation propagation very difficult. This themed series on “Multi-Disciplinary Dis/Misinformation Analysis and Countermeasures” aims to bring the attention and efforts from researchers in relevant disciplines together to tackle this challenging problem. In addition, on October 20th, 2021, and March 7th 2022, some of the guest editorial team members organized two panel discussions on “Social Media Disinformation and its Impact on Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” and on “Dis/Misinformation Analysis and Countermeasures – A Computational Viewpoint.” This article summarizes the key discussion items at these two panels and hopes to shed light on the future directions.

DOI:10.1561/116.00000127

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