Attitudes to Fake News Verification: Youth Orientations to ‘Right Click’ Authenticate

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Ibrahim, Y., Safieddine, F. and Pourghomi, P. 2021. Attitudes to Fake News Verification: Youth Orientations to ‘Right Click’ Authenticate. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. (In Press). https://doi.org/10.1386/ajms_00051_1
AuthorsIbrahim, Y., Safieddine, F. and Pourghomi, P.
Abstract

This paper examines the phenomenon of fake news through a survey of university students in the UK. The survey composed through a selection of factual and non-factual content/news and complemented through a validation tool sought to assess the attitudes of these respondents to factual misinformation before and after these were verified with the tool. The findings from the survey present online misinformation as a very complex and unfolding phenomenon in terms of user behaviour particularly when presented with an authentication tool. The majority of respondents failed in identifying factual from fake news posts. While respondents indicated mistrust in using third-party validation tools, the majority indicated a critical need for a verification tool that would support their quest and increase their trust in what they see and read posted online.

JournalJournal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies
Journal citation(In Press)
ISSN2001-0818
2049-9531
Year2021
PublisherIntellect
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/ajms_00051_1
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Deposited04 Mar 2021
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The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is to be published in Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, In Press, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1386/ajms_00051_1

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