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People rely on their attitudes more than the source when judging the accuracy of news stories on Facebook

Clemm von Hohenberg, Bernhard (2018) People rely on their attitudes more than the source when judging the accuracy of news stories on Facebook. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Feb 2018). Website.

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Abstract

The role of 'fake news' in shaping political behaviour has received extensive attention in recent years, with Facebook and other websites undertaking a number of measures to try and address the problem. Drawing on an experimental study during the 2017 German federal election campaign, Bernhard Clemm von Hohenberg illustrates that people rely far more on their pre-existing political attitudes when judging the accuracy of a story on Facebook than they do on the reputation of a news source.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 13:17
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 23:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88736

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