Automated framework to improve users' awareness on Online Social Networks

Rahaf Barakat, Sameer Abufardeh, Kenneth Magel

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    The popularity of Online Social Networks (OSN) have brought up new privacy threats. These threats often arise after users willingly, but unwittingly share their information with a wider group of people than they intended. This paper identifies an important problem with posting on social networks and proposes a unique two phases approach to address the problem. The first phase involves recognition of key phrases in potential posts. These key phrases suggest that the message reveals information that might compromise the safety of the poster or someone else. A set of detection rules have been developed for this purpose and tested with over 16000 real Facebook posts. The detection system success rate was about 85%. The second phase involves automatic placement of friends into sets called Circles of Trust. Potentially messages with sensitive information then can be restricted to just the appropriate Circles of Trust. An approach to do the initial assignment of friends to circles and mechanisms for moving friends between circles as their relationship with the poster changes is also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2016
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781467399852
    StatePublished - Aug 5 2016
    Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2016 - Grand Forks, United States
    Duration: May 19 2016May 21 2016

    Publication series

    NameIEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology
    ISSN (Print)2154-0357
    ISSN (Electronic)2154-0373


    Conference2016 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology, EIT 2016
    CountryUnited States
    CityGrand Forks


    • Circles of Trust
    • Online Social Networks OSN
    • Social Network Provider
    • dangerous
    • friendship
    • privacy
    • private
    • risky
    • sensitive

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