Discretionary Dissemination on Twitter
74 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2018 Last revised: 13 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 6, 2018
Using a machine learning approach to analyze 12.8 million tweets posted by S&P 1500 firms from 2012 to 2016, we find that firms time financial tweets around earnings announcements, accounting filings as well as other important corporate events, and are more likely to use media (images or video) and links in those tweets. The above pattern holds for both good and bad news. Moreover, we find that feedback from Twitter users encourages future financial tweets and use of media and links. These results collectively suggest that firms make discretionary choices in timing and presentation format when disseminating information on social media and that they incorporate instantaneous feedback from Twitter users into their dissemination strategies.
Keywords: Social Media, Discretionary Dissemination, Disclosures, Twitter, Feedback
JEL Classification: G14, L30, M14, M15, M40
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