Rumor Diffusion and Convergence during the 3.11 Earthquake: A Twitter Case Study

@inproceedings{Takayasu2015RumorDA,
  title={Rumor Diffusion and Convergence during the 3.11 Earthquake: A Twitter Case Study},
  author={Misako Takayasu and Kazuya Sato and Yukie Sano and Kenta Yamada and Wataru Miura and Hideki Takayasu},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
We focus on Internet rumors and present an empirical analysis and simulation results of their diffusion and convergence during emergencies. In particular, we study one rumor that appeared in the immediate aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, which later turned out to be misinformation. By investigating whole Japanese tweets that were sent one week after the quake, we show that one correction tweet, which originated from a city hall account, diffused enormously. We… CONTINUE READING
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