In Related News, That Was Wrong: The Correction of Misinformation Through Related Stories Functionality in Social Media

Leticia Bode, Emily K. Vraga

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Abstract

Research on social media and research on correcting misinformation are both growing areas in communication, but for the most part they have not found common ground. This study seeks to bridge these two areas, considering the role that social media may play in correcting misinformation. To do so, we test a new function of Facebook, which provides related links when people click on a link within Facebook. We show users a post containing misinformation, and then manipulate the related stories to either confirm, correct, or both confirm and correct the misinformation. Findings suggest that when related stories correct a post that includes misinformation, misperceptions are significantly reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-638
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

Keywords

  • Algorithms
  • Facebook
  • GMOs
  • Health Communication
  • Misinformation
  • Social Media
  • Vaccines

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