Emotion Cognizance Improves Health Fake News Identification

Anoop K, Deepak Padmanabhan, Lajish VL

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Identifying fake news is increasingly being recognized as an important computational task with high potential social impact. Misinformation is routinely injected into almost every domain of news including politics, health, science, business, etc., among which, the fake news in the health domain poses serious risk and harm to health and well-being in modern societies. In this paper, we consider the utility of the affective character of news articles for fake news identification in the health domain and present evidence that emotion cognizant representations are significantly more suited for the task. We outline a technique by leveraging emotion intensity lexicons to develop emotion-amplified text representations, and evaluate the utility of such a representation for identifying fake news relating to health in various supervised and unsupervised scenarios. The consistent and significant empirical gains that we observe over a range of technique types and parameter settings establish the utility of the emotional information in news articles, an often overlooked aspect, for the task of misinformation identification in the health domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIDEAS 2020 Conference: Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-7503-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event24th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium -
Duration: 12 Aug 202018 Aug 2020


Conference24th International Database Engineering & Applications Symposium
Abbreviated titleIDEAS 2020
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