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Book chapter

The Effects of Thinking Styles and News Domain on Fake News Recognition by Social Media Users: Evidence from Russia

P. 305-320.
Porshnev Alexander, Miltsov A.

The development and deployment of newtechnologies have influenced
the media environment by enabling quick and effective dissemination of false
news via social networks. Several experimental studies have highlighted the role
of thinking style, social influence, source credibility and other factors when it
comes to fake news recognition. Our study makes several contributions to existing
knowledge. Web introduce a measure of conspiracy thinking, a comparison
between politics and business news recognition, and we investigate the effects
of sensationalist headlines on users’ abilities to differentiate between false and
true news. 228 university students (203 completed the entire survey) from three
departments (Humanities, Management, and Economics) took part in an online
experiment. The results of a regression analysis demonstrate that double-checking
of news online has a significant effect on individuals’ overall ability of differentiating
between true and false news. Thinking styles, prior experience, and such
control variables as age and gender have no significant effect on the overall level of
accuracy.We also discuss the effects of different factors responsible for the accuracy
of fake news recognition in business and political news, as well as several
limitations of the study.

















In book

Prt. 1: 12th International Conference, SCSM 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 19–24, 2020, Proceedings, Part I. Springer, 2020.