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What Really Drives the Spread of COVID-19 Tweets: A Revisit from Perspective of Content
Chuai, Yuwei; Chang, Yutian; Zhao, Jichang
2022In 2022 IEEE 9th International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA)
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Keywords :
COVID-19 content; digital communication; emotions; politicization; pandemic management; social media
Abstract :
[en] COVID-19 content spreads wildly on social media and produces significant effects in both causing social panic and assisting pandemic management. However, what really enhances the diffusion of pandemic-related content during COVID-19, particularly from the perspective of the content itself, remains unexplored. Using large-scale COVID-19 tweets posted on Twitter, this paper empirically examines the effects of the four key characteristics, namely emotions, topics, hashtags, and mentions, on information spread in the pandemic. The empirical results show that most negative emotions have positive effects on retweeting. Nevertheless, the positive effect of trust on retweeting is unexpectedly the strongest. And the positive effects of the political topics and mentioning politicians further indicate that people are sensitive to the politicization of information during the pandemic. The strongest anger intensity in the political topic also needs to be noticed. The results complement the extant understanding of information diffusion during COVID-19 and provide insights for the governments to understand the psychology and behavior of large population during disasters like global pandemics.
Disciplines :
Engineering, computing & technology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Chuai, Yuwei ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > IRiSC
Chang, Yutian;  Beihang University > School of Economics and Management
Zhao, Jichang;  Beihang University > School of Economics and Management
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
What Really Drives the Spread of COVID-19 Tweets: A Revisit from Perspective of Content
Publication date :
13 October 2022
Event name :
2022 IEEE 9th International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA)
Event date :
from 13-10-2022 to 16-10-2022
Audience :
International
Journal title :
2022 IEEE 9th International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA)
Publisher :
IEEE
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Computational Sciences
Funders :
NSFC
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