Characterizing Pathogenic Social Media Accounts

Hamidreza Alvari, Elham Shaabani, Paulo Shakarian

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Over the past years, political events and public opinion on the Web have been allegedly manipulated by “Pathogenic Social Media (PSM)” accounts dedicated to spreading disinformation and performing malicious activities. These accounts are often controlled by terrorist supporters, water armies, or fake news writers and hence can pose threats to social media and general public. Understanding and analyzing PSMs could help social media devise sophisticated techniques to stop them from reaching their audience and consequently reduce their threat. In this chapter, probabilistic causal inference and well-known statistical technique Hawkes processes are utilized to distinguish between PSM and non-PSM accounts. Results on real-world ISIS-related datasets from Twitter demonstrate that PSMs behave significantly differently from regular users while disseminating information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Computer Science
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)2191-5768
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5776

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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