Misinformation Concerns and Online News Participation among internet Users in India

Neyazi, Taberez Ahmed, Kalogeropoulos, Antonis ORCID: 0000-0002-2096-5382 and Nielsen, Rasmus K
(2021) Misinformation Concerns and Online News Participation among internet Users in India. SOCIAL MEDIA + SOCIETY, 7 (2). p. 205630512110090.

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<jats:p>The rise of misinformation often circulated in various social media platforms has not only raised concerns among the policymakers and civil society groups, but also among citizens. Drawing upon a cross-sectional survey ( n = 1,013) among English-language internet users in India, this paper tries to identify factors that affect concerns for online misinformation among citizens and how online news participation is affected by the rise of misinformation. After controlling for gender, age, education and income, we found that WhatsApp use, party identification and trust in news are positively associated with the concern for misinformation. Similarly, partisans are more likely to engage with news online. While Facebook and Twitter use are positively associated with online news sharing, the use of WhatsApp is not significant. The empirical evidence adds new insights to the literature on misinformation and online news engagement from the world’s largest democracy.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: misinformation, news sharing, partisanship, polarization, social media, India
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2021 07:27
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 22:53
DOI: 10.1177/20563051211009013
Open Access URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056...
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3119248