Proceedings of The International Academic Conference on Research in Social Sciences
Reading between the lines: Identifying communication of deception in social media
Understanding verbal and nonverbal communication is critical to maintenance of interpersonal relationships. The world has become a global village that allows room for direct access to people and information from around the world through the use of social media networks and its technologies. Not all individuals taking advantage of this network may do so for innocent intentions or for the right reasons and this is why it is important to understand the motivations behind the practice of deception in social media as well as cues to identify it towards protection against deceptive advances. This work seeks to discuss the issues surrounding this problem and elaborates on the different ways to detect deception whether through verbal or nonverbal communicative means. The paper however highlights the reasons why deception is practiced and how nonverbal communication elements can be an effective means of identifying deception communication and the measures to take to manage the threat on social media communities and networks.
Keywords: deceiver; receiver; nonverbal communication, cues, social media.