Artificial social media campaign creation for benchmarking and challenging detection approaches


Social media platforms are essential for information sharing and, thus, prone to coordinated dis- and misinformation campaigns. Nevertheless, research in this area is hampered by strict data sharing regulations imposed by the platforms, resulting in a lack of benchmark data. Previous work focused on circumventing these rules by either pseudonymizing the data or sharing fragments. In this work, we will address the benchmarking crisis by presenting a methodology that can be used to create artificial campaigns out of original campaign building blocks. We conduct a proof-of-concept study using the freely available generative language model GPT-Neo in this context and demonstrate that the campaign patterns can flexibly be adapted to an underlying social media stream and evade state-of-the-art campaign detection approaches based on stream clustering. Thus, we not only provide a framework for artificial benchmark generation but also demonstrate the possible adversarial nature of such benchmarks for challeng- ing and advancing current campaign detection methods.

Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Web and Social Media. NEATCLasS, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAI), Hybrid: Atlanta, Georgia, US and Online.
Dennis Assenmacher
Dennis Assenmacher

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.