Falling for Fake News: Investigating the Consumption of News via Social Media

Flintham, Martin and Karner, Christian and Bachour, Khaled and Creswick, Helen and Gupta, Neha and Moran, Stuart (2018) Falling for Fake News: Investigating the Consumption of News via Social Media. CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Paper No. 376 (376). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1062-9432

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Abstract

In the so called ‘post-truth’ era, characterized by a loss of public trust in various institutions, and the rise of ‘fake news’ disseminated via the internet and social media, individuals may face uncertainty about the veracity of information available, whether it be satire or malicious hoax. We investigate attitudes to news delivered by social media, and subsequent verification strategies applied, or not applied, by individuals. A survey reveals that two thirds of respondents regularly consumed news via Facebook, and that one third had at some point come across fake news that they initially believed to be true. An analysis task involving news presented via Facebook reveals a diverse range of judgement forming strategies, with participants relying on personal judgements as to plausibility and scepticism around sources and journalistic style. This reflects a shift away from traditional methods of accessing the news, and highlights the difficulties in combating the spread of fake news.

Additional Information:CHI 2018, April 21–26, 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada Paper No. 376 ACM ID: 3173950
Keywords:Post-truth, fake news, social media, verification, facebook, trust
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:34331
Deposited On:23 Jan 2019 10:09

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