Identity Signals in Emoji do not Influence Perception of Factual Truth on Twitter

Alexander Robertson, Walid Magdy, Sharon Goldwater

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Abstract

Prior work has shown that Twitter users use skin-toned emoji as an act of self-representation to express their racial/ethnic identity. We test whether this signal of identity can influence readers’ perceptions about the content of a post containing that signal. In a large scale (n=944) pre-registered controlled experiment, we manipulate the presence of skin-toned emoji and profile photos in a task where readers rate obscure trivia facts (presented as tweets) as true or false. Using a Bayesian statistical analysis, we find that neither emoji nor profile photo has an effect on how readers rate these facts. This result will be of some comfort to anyone concerned about the manipulation of online users through the crafting of fake profiles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media
Number of pages5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Apr 2021
Event4th​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media - Online
Duration: 7 Jun 20217 Jun 2021
http://emoji2021.aiisc.ai/

Workshop

Workshop4th​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media
Abbreviated titleEmoji 2021
Period7/06/217/06/21
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