Telling lies together? Sharing news as a form of social authentication

Barui K. Waruwu, Edson C. Tandoc, Andrew Duffy, Nuri Kim, Rich Ling

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The increasingly assertive position of social media as a news source means that news audiences can no longer depend on traditional journalists for information verification. Instead, they must determine the news credibility on their own. The majority of information credibility studies have considered news audiences’ information evaluation as a purely cognitive endeavor, implying that individuals can arrive at valid information without social validation. By drawing on self-categorization theory, this article re-conceptualizes audiences’ acts of news authentication by considering it not as a one-off activity under the uncontested control of the individual, but as a cycle of collective authentication strategies whereby individual authentication and social validation are entangled in the context-dependent processing of social news. To do this, we unpacked the social dimension of news authentication by looking at the social motivation, strategies, as well as the consequences that support it through a series of focus group discussions in Singapore.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2516-2533
Number of pages18
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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  • Audiences’ acts of authentication
  • fake news
  • information credibility
  • news sharing
  • self-categorization theory
  • social media news


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