Summer Conferences 2024

May 24, 2024

We’re excited to announce that researchers at the Observatory on Social Media will present 20 papers at various conferences over the summer.

Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)


  • Jason Peifer, Junghyun Moon, Taeyoung Lee, and Hyunjin Song: Affinities for competing knowledge systems: Perceived News Media Importance and Social Media Importance across cultural contexts
  • Kevin Mudavadi, Bingbing Zhang, and David Lomoywara: Examining news media and trust in political institutions in Kenya: The moderating role of perceived corruption and political freedom
  • Gerry Lanosga, Kevin Mudavadi, and Brant Houston: Long hours but lots of freedom: Non-profit investigative journalists’ diverging views of professional practices and values
  • Layire Diop, Kevin Mudavadi, Frankline Matanji, Melissa Tully, and Dani Madrid-Morales: What is media literacy, and why does it matter? Perspectives of Senegalese social media users and media professionals

Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL)

Findings paper

  • Zoher Kachwala, Jisun An, Haewoon Kwak, Filippo Menczer: REMATCH: Robust and efficient matching of local knowledge graphs to improve structural and semantic similarity

International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM)

Full paper

  • Kai-Cheng Yang, Filippo Menczer: Anatomy of an AI-powered malicious social botnet

5th International Workshop on Cyber Social Threats (CySoc)

  • Munjung Kim, Tuğrulcan Elmas, Filippo Menczer: Toxic synergy between hate speech and fake news exposure

International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2)

Plenary talks

  • Kai-Cheng Yang, Filippo Menczer: Anatomy of an AI-powered malicious social botnet
  • Byunghwee Lee, Rachith Aiyappa, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Haewoon Kwak, Jisun An: Neural embedding of beliefs reveals the role of relative dissonance in human decision-making

Oral presentations

  • Matthew DeVerna, Francesco Pierri, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Santo Fortunato, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer: Misinformed populations amplify the spread of disease
  • Kai-Cheng Yang, Filippo Menczer: Can large language models rate news outlet credibility?
  • Saumya Bhadani, Brendan J. Nyhan, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Filippo Menczer, Alessandro Flammini: Building a trustworthy social media news feed


  • Ozgur Can Seckin, Ege Otenen, Danny Valdez, Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces, Johan Bollen: Quantifying the digital phenotype of loneliness on Twitter
  • Matthew DeVerna, Francesco Pierri, Rachith Aiyappa, Diogo Pacheco, John Bryden, Filippo Menczer: Information diffusion assumptions can misshape our understanding of social networks
  • Matthew DeVerna, Harry Yajoun Yan, Kai-Cheng Yang, Filippo Menczer: Fact-checking information generated by a large language model can decrease news discernment
  • Kai-Cheng Yang, Danishjeet Singh, Filippo Menczer: Characteristics and prevalence of fake social media profiles with AI-generated faces
  • Filipi Nascimento Silva: Identifying emerging trends: Leveraging LLMs and visualization for narrative analysis in social media data
  • Bao T. Truong, Sangyeon Kim, Filippo Menczer: Quantifying the effects of time delay in illegal content takedown
  • Do Won Kim, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, Brendan J. Nyhan, Filippo Menczer, Maria Elizabeth Grabe, Ro'ee Levy: Muting low-quality sources: A field experiment to mitigate the harm of inaccurate information online


  • Filipi Nascimento Silva, Kaicheng Yang, Bao T. Truong, Wanying Zhao: Exploring emerging social media: Acquiring, processing, and visualizing data with Python and OSoMe web tools
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