Recurrent Graph Neural Networks for Rumor Detection in Online Forums

8 Aug 2021  ·  Di Huang, Jacob Bartel, John Palowitch ·

The widespread adoption of online social networks in daily life has created a pressing need for effectively classifying user-generated content. This work presents techniques for classifying linked content spread on forum websites -- specifically, links to news articles or blogs -- using user interaction signals alone. Importantly, online forums such as Reddit do not have a user-generated social graph, which is assumed in social network behavioral-based classification settings. Using Reddit as a case-study, we show how to obtain a derived social graph, and use this graph, Reddit post sequences, and comment trees as inputs to a Recurrent Graph Neural Network (R-GNN) encoder. We train the R-GNN on news link categorization and rumor detection, showing superior results to recent baselines. Our code is made publicly available at

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