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Credibility of digital political news in Spain: comparison between traditional media and social media

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dc.contributor.author Besalú Casademont, Reinald, 1983-
dc.contributor.author Pont Sorribes, Carles
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-01T07:22:30Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-01T07:22:30Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Besalú R, Pont-Sorribes C. Credibility of digital political news in Spain: comparison between traditional media and social media. Soc Sci. 2021;10(5):170. DOI: 10.3390/socsci10050170
dc.identifier.issn 2076-0760
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/47704
dc.description.abstract In the context of the dissemination of fake news and the traditional media outlets’ loss of centrality, the credibility of digital news emerges as a key factor for today’s democracies. The main goal of this paper was to identify the levels of credibility that Spanish citizens assign to political news in the online environment. A national survey (n = 1669) was designed to assess how the news format affected credibility and likelihood of sharing. Four different news formats were assessed, two of them linked to traditional media (digital newspapers and digital television) and two to social media (Facebook and WhatsApp). Four experimental groups assigned a credibility score and a likelihood of sharing score to four different political news items presented in the aforementioned digital formats. The comparison between the mean credibility scores assigned to the same news item presented in different formats showed significant differences among groups, as did the likelihood of sharing the news. News items shown in a traditional media format, especially digital television, were assigned more credibility than news presented in a social media format, and participants were also more likely to share the former, revealing a more cautious attitude towards social media as a source of news.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the Ideograma-UPF Chair of Political Communication and Democracy (https://www.upf.edu/web/catedra-ideograma)
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher MDPI
dc.relation.ispartof Social Sciences. 2021;10(5):170
dc.rights © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Credibility of digital political news in Spain: comparison between traditional media and social media
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/socsci10050170
dc.subject.keyword Credibility
dc.subject.keyword Likelihood of sharing
dc.subject.keyword Political digital news
dc.subject.keyword Facebook
dc.subject.keyword WhatsApp
dc.subject.keyword Digital television
dc.subject.keyword Digital press
dc.subject.keyword Spain
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