Diffusion of disinformation: How social media users respond to fake news and why

Edson C. Tandoc, Darren Lim, Rich Ling

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This exploratory study seeks to understand the diffusion of disinformation by examining how social media users respond to fake news and why. Using a mixed-methods approach in an explanatory-sequential design, this study combines results from a national survey involving 2501 respondents with a series of in-depth interviews with 20 participants from the small but economically and technologically advanced nation of Singapore. This study finds that most social media users in Singapore just ignore the fake news posts they come across on social media. They would only offer corrections when the issue is strongly relevant to them and to people with whom they share a strong and close interpersonal relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-398
Number of pages18
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research is supported by two grants from the Singapore Ministry of Education: Tier 1 Fund (T1-002-125-05) and Tier 2 Fund (T2-1-042).

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  • Corrections
  • disinformation
  • fact-checking
  • fake news
  • Singapore


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