Detecting Propaganda on the Sentence Level during the COVID-19 Pandemic [article]

Rong-Ching Chang, Chu-Hsing Lin
2021 arXiv   pre-print
The spread of misinformation, conspiracy, and questionable content and information manipulation by foreign adversaries on social media has surged along with the COVID-19 pandemic. Such malicious cyber-enabled actions may cause increasing social polarization, health crises, and property loss. In this paper, using fine-tuned contextualized embedding trained on Reddit, we tackle the detection of the propaganda of such user accounts and their targeted issues on Twitter during March 2020 when the
more » ... ID-19 epidemic became recognized as a pandemic. Our result shows that the pro-China group appeared to be tweeting 35 to 115 times more than the neutral group. At the same time, neutral groups were tweeting more positive-attitude content and voicing alarm for the COVID-19 situation. The pro-China group was also using more call-for-action words on political issues not necessarily China-related.
arXiv:2108.12269v1 fatcat:adf3efvawbe2zm7ax3fktdoz6i