Differences in health news from reliable and unreliable media

Sameer Dhoju, Md Main Uddin Rony, Ashad Kabir, Naeemul Hassan

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The spread of ‘fake’ health news is a big problem with even bigger consequences. In this study, we examine a collection of health-related news articles published by reliable and unreliable media outlets. Our analysis shows that there are structural, topical, and semantic patterns which are different in contents from reliable and unreliable media outlets. Using machine learning, we leverage these patterns and build classification models to identify the source (reliable or unreliable) of a health-related news article. Our model can predict the source of an article with an F-measure of 96%. We argue that the findings from this study will be useful for combating the health disinformation problem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Web Conference 2019
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion of The World Wide Web Conference WWW 2019
EditorsSihem Amer-Yahia, Mohammad Madian, Ashish Goel, Geert-Jan Houben, Kristina Lerman, Julian McAuley, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Leila Zia
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450366755
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
EventThe Web Conference 2019 - The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 13 May 201917 May 2019


ConferenceThe Web Conference 2019
Abbreviated title30 years of the web
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
OtherThe Web Conference series provides the world with a premier forum about the development of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the Web’s impact on society and culture. These conferences bring together researchers, developers, users, and vendors – indeed all of you who are passionate about the Web and what it has to offer, now and in the future. Part of what is exciting about this series is the cross boundary and eclectic nature of the topics covered, and the opportunity it provides for exploration of new directions, both technological and social.
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