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Perceived prevalence of misinformation fuels worries about COVID-19: a cross-country, multi-method investigation

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dc.contributor.author Matthes, Jörg
dc.contributor.author Corbu, Nicoleta
dc.contributor.author Jin, Soyeon
dc.contributor.author Theocharis, Yannis
dc.contributor.author Schemer, Christian
dc.contributor.author Aelst, Peter van
dc.contributor.author Strömbäck, Jesper
dc.contributor.author Koc-Michalska, Karolina
dc.contributor.author Esser, Frank
dc.contributor.author Aalberg, Toril
dc.contributor.author Cardenal, Ana Sofía
dc.contributor.author Castro, Laia
dc.contributor.author Vreese, Claes de
dc.contributor.author Hopmann, David Nicolas
dc.contributor.author Sheafer, Tamir
dc.contributor.author Splendore, Sergio
dc.contributor.author Stanyer, James
dc.contributor.author Stępińska, Agnieszka
dc.contributor.author Štětka, Václav
dc.contributor.author Zoizner, Alon
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-16T06:18:30Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-16T06:18:30Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Matthes J, Corbu N, Jin S, Theocharis Y, Schemer C, van Aelst P, Strömbäck J, Koc-Michalska K, Esser F, Aalberg T, Cardenal AS, Castro L, de Vreese C, Hopmann D, Sheafer T, Splendore S, Stanyer J, Stępińska A, Štětka V, Zoizner A. Perceived prevalence of misinformation fuels worries about COVID-19: a cross-country, multi-method investigation. Inf Commun Soc. 2023;26(16):3133-56. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2022.2146983
dc.identifier.issn 1369-118X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56827
dc.description.abstract Data suggests that the majority of citizens in various countries came across ‘fake news’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. We test the relationship between perceived prevalence of misinformation and people’s worries about COVID-19. In Study 1, analyses of a survey across 17 countries indicate a positive association: perceptions of high prevalence of misinformation are correlated with high worries about COVID-19. However, the relationship is weaker in countries with higher levels of case-fatality ratios, and independent from the actual amount of misinformation per country. Study 2 replicates the relationship using experimental data. Furthermore, Study 2 demonstrates the underlying mechanism, that is, perceived prevalence of misinformation fosters the belief that COVID-19 is spiralling out of control, which in turn, increases worries. Our findings suggest that perceived prevalence of misinformation can have significant psychological effects, even though audience members reject the information as being false.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartof Information, Communication & Society. 2023;26(16):3133-56.
dc.rights © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.title Perceived prevalence of misinformation fuels worries about COVID-19: a cross-country, multi-method investigation
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2022.2146983
dc.subject.keyword COVID-19
dc.subject.keyword misinformation
dc.subject.keyword worry
dc.subject.keyword trust
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