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Author Thomas Spielhofer; Anna Sophie Hahne; Christian Reuter; Marc-André Kaufhold; Stefka Schmid
Title Social Media Use in Emergencies of Citizens in the United Kingdom Type Conference Article
Year 2019 Publication (up) Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management Abbreviated Journal Iscram 2019
Volume Issue Pages
Keywords Emergencies; social media; Twitter; Facebook; representative study
Abstract People use social media in various ways including looking for or sharing information during crises or emergencies

(e.g. floods, storms, terrorist attacks). Few studies have focused on European citizens? perceptions, and just one

has deployed a representative sample to examine this. This article presents the results of one of the first

representative studies on this topic conducted in the United Kingdom. The study shows that around a third (34%)

have used social media during an emergency and that such use is more widespread among younger people. In

contrast, the main reasons for not using social media in an emergency include technological concerns and that the

trustworthiness of social media content is doubtful. However, there is a growing trend towards increased use. The

article deduces and explores implications of these findings, including problems potentially arising with more

citizens sharing information on social media during emergencies and expecting a response.
Address Technische Universität Darmstadt, Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC), Germany;The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR)
Corporate Author Thesis
Publisher Iscram Place of Publication Valencia, Spain Editor Franco, Z.; González, J.J.; Canós, J.H.
Language English Summary Language English Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 2411-3387 ISBN 978-84-09-10498-7 Medium
Track T8- Social Media in Crises and Conflicts Expedition Conference 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2019)
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 1849
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