Anonymity in Social Media: Effects of Content Controversiality and Social Endorsement on Sharing Behavior

Authors

  • Kaiping Zhang Stanford University
  • René Kizilcec Stanford University

Keywords:

Anonymity, Social Media, Controversiality, Social Endorsement

Abstract

The amount of information shared via social media is rapidly increasing amid growing concerns over online privacy. This study investigates the effect of controversiality and social endorsement of media content on sharing behavior when choosing between sharing publicly or anonymously. Anonymous sharing is found to be a popular choice (59% of shares), especially for controversial content which is 3.2x more likely to be shard anonymously. Social endorsement was not found to affect sharing behavior, except for sports-related content. Implications for social media interface design are discussed.

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Published

2014-05-16

How to Cite

Zhang, K., & Kizilcec, R. (2014). Anonymity in Social Media: Effects of Content Controversiality and Social Endorsement on Sharing Behavior. Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 8(1), 643-646. Retrieved from https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/ICWSM/article/view/14573