Audiences’ acts of authentication in the age of fake news: A conceptual framework

Edson C. Tandoc, Richard Ling, Oscar Westlund, Andrew Duffy, Debbie Goh, Lim Zheng Wei

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Abstract

Through an analysis of relevant literature and open-ended survey responses from 2501 Singaporeans, this article proposes a conceptual framework to understand how individuals authenticate the information they encounter on social media. In broad strokes, we find that individuals rely on both their own judgment of the source and the message, and when this does not adequately provide a definitive answer, they turn to external resources to authenticate news items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2745-2763
Number of pages19
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume20
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/ or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2017.

Keywords

  • Authentication
  • credibility
  • fake news
  • news
  • social media
  • truth
  • verification

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