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I am going to build machine learning algorithm to identify fake tweets. The data set has huge retweets which I think might be an issue. Do you think given that the focus is the original tweet, it is better to remove all the retweets?

Thank you,

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  • $\begingroup$ It depends: what do you call a fake tweet? Is it a tweet not originally written by the user? $\endgroup$ – Erwan Nov 12 at 23:42
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No. I do not believe so and I can explain a few reasons why.

  • If an entity wants to create waves in twitter with false tweets retweets are probably apart of the plan.
  • If you want to detect tweets generated by bots looking at the statistical data on said tweets and retweets like time stamps could be relevant to detecting if the tweet is generated by a bot.
  • If You have a way of checking retweets by bots then removing all retweets would also remove that data.

You should remove retweets if.

  • The project is focused on analysis of text to determine if a tweet is bot or not.
  • There is no labeled human or bot retweet data.
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There might be a chance that the retweet has an entirely different context compared to the original tweet. It is also possible that some retweets with different opinion/comment gain more popularity than the original one.

In these cases I don't think you can classify them as fake tweets.

You can classify tweets as fake when they are widely retweeted but with no context, One such example is retweets due to a giveaway or charity.

If you can figure out how to separate the spam retweets and original tweets it would help for better analysis and accurate results.

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