Social Spammer Detection with Sentiment Information Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2014 IEEE. Social media is a popular platform for spammers to unfairly overwhelm normal users with unwanted or fake content via social networking. The spammers significantly hinder the use of social media systems for effective information dissemination and sharing. Different from the spammers in traditional platforms such as email and the Web, spammers in social media can easily connect with each other, sometimes without mutual consent. They collude with each other to imitate normal users by quickly accumulating a large number of 'human' friends. In addition, content information in social media is noisy and unstructured. It is infeasible to directly apply traditional spammer detection methods in social media. Understanding and detecting deception has been extensively studied in traditional sociology and social sciences. Motivated by psychological findings in physical world, we investigate whether sentiment analysis can help spammer detection in online social media. In particular, we first conduct an exploratory study to analyze the sentiment differences between spammers and normal users, and then present an optimization formulation that incorporates sentiment information into a novel social spammer detection framework. Experimental results on real-world social media datasets show the superior performance of the proposed framework by harnessing sentiment analysis for social spammer detection.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hu, X., Tang, J., Gao, H., & Liu, H.

citation count

  • 50

publication date

  • December 2014