Social Media and the Generation, Propagation, and Debunking of Rumors

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Authors
  1. Baxter, C.
  2. Baratta, P.
  3. Thomson, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The following work is in support of the Canadian Armed Forces C4ISR project “Socio-Cultural Intelligence Support to Joint Tactical Targeting.” The first aim was to understand the relationship between rumours and social media. The scientific literature was examined to identify the mechanisms of rumour generation, propagation and debunking. Based on the literature review, a framework was developed to examine particular case studies in the literature. A second aim of this work was to highlight effective techniques that outgroup members can use to influence core social identity beliefs of a target group. Ineffective techniques were also identified. Recommendations for future scientific work are included.
Keywords
social media;culture;influence
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-C140 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2015
Number of Pages
48
DSTKIM No
CA040828
CANDIS No
801886
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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