Using Twitter as a Data Source: An Overview of Ethical, Legal, and Methodological Challenges

Ahmed, Wasim, Bath, Peter A. and Demartini, Gianluca (2017) Using Twitter as a Data Source: An Overview of Ethical, Legal, and Methodological Challenges. In: The Ethics of Online Research. Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity (2). Emerald, pp. 79-107. ISBN 9781787144866

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the specific legal, ethical, and privacy issues that can arise when conducting research using Twitter data. Existing literature is reviewed to inform those who may be undertaking social media research. We also present a number of industry and academic case studies in order to highlight the challenges that may arise in research projects using social media data. Finally, the chapter provides an overview of the process that was followed to gain ethics approval for a Ph.D. project using Twitter as a primary source of data. By outlining a number of Twitter-specific research case studies, the chapter will be a valuable resource to those considering the ethical implications of their own research projects utilizing social media data. Moreover, the chapter outlines existing work looking at the ethical practicalities of social media data and relates their applicability to researching Twitter.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics, privacy, Twitter, Social Media, research integrity
Subjects: N100 Business studies
P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 09:24
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34307

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