Selected Publications

This a list of my peer-reviewed selected publications ordered by year. For a full list of my publications you can also visit my DBLP or my Google Scholar page.

2023

Felipe Gonzalez-Pizarro, Savvas Zannettou
Understanding and Detecting Hateful Content using Contrastive Learning
17th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2023)
pre-print

Chen Ling, Krishna P Gummadi, Savvas Zannettou
“Learn the Facts About COVID-19”: Analyzing the Use of Warning Labels on TikTok Videos
17th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2023)
pre-print

Alexandros Efsratiou, Jeremy Blackburn, Tristan Caulfield, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, Emiliano De Cristofaro
Non-Polar Opposites: Analyzing the Relationship Between Echo Chambers and Hostile Intergroup Interactions on Reddit
17th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2023)
pre-print

2022

Wai Man Si, Michael Backes, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, Yang Zhang
Why So Toxic? Measuring and Triggering Toxic Behavior in Open-Domain Chatbots
ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ACM CCS 2022)

Xinyue Shen, Xinlei He, Michael Backes, Jeremy Blackburn, Savvas Zannettou, Yang Zhang
On Xing Tian and the Perseverance of Anti-China Sentiment Online
16th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022)
pre-print

Mohammad Hammas Saeed, Shiza Ali, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Savvas Zannettou, and Gianluca Stringhini
TROLLMAGNIFIER: Detecting State-Sponsored Troll Accounts on Reddit
43th IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&P 2022)

Max Aliapoulios, Antonis Papasavva, Cameron Ballard, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, and Jeremy Blackburn
The Gospel According to Q: Understanding the QAnon Conspiracy from the Perspective of Canonical Information
16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022)
pre-print

Kostantinos Papadamou, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, and Michael Sirivianos
“It is just a flu”: Assessing the Effect of Watch History on YouTube’s Pseudoscientific Video Recommendations
16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022)
pre-print

2021

Savvas Zannettou
“I Won the Election!”: An Empirical Analysis of Soft Moderation Interventions on Twitter
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pre-print
media coverage The Atlantic

Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Shagun Jhaver, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Robert West
Does Platform Migration Compromise Content Moderation? Evidence from r/The_Donald and r/Incels
24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pre-print
Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Max Aliapoulios, Emmi Bevensee, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stinghini, and Savvas Zannettou
A Large Open Dataset from the Parler Social Network
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pre-print
media coverage USA Today, The Conversation, Business Insider-1, Business Insider-2

Fatemeh Tahmasbi, Leonard Schild, Chen Ling, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini, Yang Zhang, Savvas Zannettou
“Go eat a bat, Chang!”: On the Emergence of Sinophobic Behavior on Web Communities in the Face of COVID-19
The Web Conference 2021 (formerly known as WWW)
pre-print

Antonis Papasavva, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini, Savvas Zannettou, Emiliano De Cristofaro
The Great Awakening: An Exploratory Study of QAnon on Voat
The Web Conference 2021 (formerly known as WWW)
pre-print

Chen Ling, Ihab AbuHilal, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Savvas Zannettou, Gianluca Stringhini
Dissecting the Meme Magic: Understanding Indicators of Virality in Image Memes
24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)
pre-print

Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Jeremy Blackburn, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro Gianluca Stringhini, Summer Long, Stephanie Greenberg, Savvas Zannettou
The Evolution of the Manosphere Across the Web
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pre-print
media coverage Newsweek, MIT Tech, Daily Mail

Yuping Wang, Fatemeh Tahmasbi, Jeremy Blackburn, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, David Magerman, Savvas Zannettou, Gianluca Stringhini
Understanding the Use of Fauxtography on Social Media
15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2021)
pre-print

2020

Mohamad Hoseini, Philipe Melo, Manoel Júnior, Fabrício Benevenuto, Balakrishnan Chandrasekaran, Anja Feldmann, Savvas Zannettou
Demystifying the Messaging Platforms’ Ecosystem Through the Lens of Twitter
20th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2020)
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Savvas Zannettou, Mai ElSherief, Elizabeth Belding, Shirin Nilizadeh, and Gianluca Stringhini
Measuring and Characterizing Hate Speech on News Websites
11th ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci 2020)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Joel Finkelstein, Barry Bradlyn, and Jeremy Blackburn
A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Characterizing the Use of Images in State-Sponsored Information Warfare Operations by Russian Trolls on Twitter
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf

Kostantinos Papadamou, Antonis Papasavva, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Gianluca Stringhini, Michael Sirivianos
Disturbed YouTube for Kids: Characterizing and Detecting Inappropriate Videos Targeting Young Children 14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Alexandros Mittos, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, and Emiliano De Cristofaro
“And We Will Fight For Our Race! A Measurement Study of Genetic Testing Conversations on Reddit and 4chan
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf
media coverage The Times, StatNews

Antonis Papasavva, Savvas Zannettou, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Raiders of the Lost Kek: 3.5 Years of Augmented 4chan Posts from the Politically Incorrect Board
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf

Jason Baumgartner, Savvas Zannettou, Megan Squire, and Jeremy Blackburn
The Pushshift Telegram Dataset
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf

Jason Baumgartner, Savvas Zannettou, Brian Keegan, Megan Squire, and Jeremy Blackburn
The Pushshift Reddit Dataset
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
pdf

2019

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, William Setzer, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
Who Let The Trolls Out? Towards Understanding State-Sponsored Trolls
10th ACM Conference on Web Science (WebSci 2019)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Disinformation Warfare: Understanding State-Sponsored Trolls on Twitter & Their Influence on the Web
4th WebConf Workshop on Computational Methods in CyberSafety, Online Harassment, and Misinformation (CyberSafety 2019) Best Paper Award
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Michael Sirivianos, Jeremy Blackburn, Nicholas Kourtellis
The Web of False Information: Rumors, Fake News, Hoaxes, Clickbait, and Various Other Shenanigans
Journal of Data and Information Quality (JIDQ)
pdf

2018

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil
On the Origins of Memes by Means of Fringe Web Communities
18th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2018) Distinguished Paper Award
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media coverage BBC TrendingBBC NewsMIT Technology ReviewCBS NewsThe IndependentVICEBusiness InsiderThe Daily DotQuartzEl Pais (in Spanish)MotherJonesInfoWarsThinkprogressIflscienceHornetBellingcat

Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini
Understanding Web Archiving Services and Their (Mis)Use on Social Media
12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2018)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Haewoon Kwak, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
What is Gab? A Bastion of Free Speech or an Alt-Right Echo Chamber?
3rd WWW Workshop on Computational Methods for CyberSafety (CyberSafety 2018)
pdf

Savvas Zannettou, Sotirios Chatzis, Kostantinos Papadamou, Michael Sirivianos The Good, the Bad and the Bait: Detecting and Characterizing Clickbait on YouTube
1st Deep Learning and Security Workshop
pdf

2017

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicholas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
The Web Centipede: Understanding How Web Communities Influence Each Other Through the Lens of Mainstream and Alternative News Sources
17th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2017)
pdf blog
media coverage NatureThe AtlanticLa Repubblica (in Italian)Ansa (in Italian)Sky NewsHacker NewsBoingBoingPhys.orgNaked Security

2016

Savvas Zannettou, Michael Sirivianos, Fragkiskos Papadopoulos
Exploiting path diversity in datacenters using MPTCP-aware SDN
2016 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication (ISCC)
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