Digital Lighthouse: A Platform for Monitoring Public Groups in WhatsApp

Ivandro Claudino de Sá, José Monteiro, José Franco da Silva, Leonardo Medeiros, Pedro Mourão, Lucas Carneiro da Cunha

Abstract

The large-scale dissemination of misinformation through social media has become a critical issue, harming social stability, democracy, and public health. In Brazil, 48% of the population uses WhatsApp to get news. So, many groups have been used this instant messaging application to spread misinformation, especially as part of articulated political or ideological campaigns. In this context, WhatsApp provides an important feature: the public groups. These groups are so suitable for misinformation dissemination. Thus, developing software frameworks to monitor the misinformation spreading in WhatsApp public groups has become a field of high interest both in academia, government and industry. In this work, we present an entire platform, called Digital Lighthouse, that aims for finding WhatsApp public groups, besides extracting, cleaning, analyzing, and visualizing misinformation that spread in such groups. Using the Digital Lighthouse, we built three different datasets. We hope that our platform can help journalists and researchers to understand the misinformation propagation in Brazil.

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in Harvard Style

Claudino de Sá I., Monteiro J., Franco da Silva J., Medeiros L., Mourão P. and Carneiro da Cunha L. (2021). Digital Lighthouse: A Platform for Monitoring Public Groups in WhatsApp. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-758-509-8, pages 297-304. DOI: 10.5220/0010480102970304


in Bibtex Style

@conference{iceis21,
author={Ivandro Claudino de Sá and José Monteiro and José Franco da Silva and Leonardo Medeiros and Pedro Mourão and Lucas Carneiro da Cunha},
title={Digital Lighthouse: A Platform for Monitoring Public Groups in WhatsApp},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,},
year={2021},
pages={297-304},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010480102970304},
isbn={978-989-758-509-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,
TI - Digital Lighthouse: A Platform for Monitoring Public Groups in WhatsApp
SN - 978-989-758-509-8
AU - Claudino de Sá I.
AU - Monteiro J.
AU - Franco da Silva J.
AU - Medeiros L.
AU - Mourão P.
AU - Carneiro da Cunha L.
PY - 2021
SP - 297
EP - 304
DO - 10.5220/0010480102970304