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New from ICRG “What Motivates People to Correct Misinformation? Examining the Effects of Third-person Perceptions”

In the new article “What Motivates People to Correct Misinformation? Examining the Effects of Third-person Perceptions and Perceived Norms” in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, the International Communication Research Group relates the third-person perception (TPP) and perceived norms, with people’s intentions to correct misinformation online.

Abstract:Studies have suggested that rumors may ultimately be “self-corrected” by online crowds. Following the previous literature, we explored how two perceptual factors, including the third-person perception (TPP) and perceived norms, predict people’s intentions to correct misinformation online. Our findings show that people’s corrective intentions are positively associated with both factors. While previous scholarship typically understands corrective actions as outward behaviors that identify “other people” as the subjects of correction, our study reveals that TPP and perceived norms also associate with misinformation spreader’s intentions to self-correct. Implications of these findings to the literature of corrective actions and misinformation are discussed.

Full citation: Alex Zhi-Xiong Koo, Min-Hsin Su, Sangwon Lee, So-Yun Ahn & Hernando Rojas (2021) What Motivates People to Correct Misinformation? Examining the Effects of Third-person Perceptions and Perceived Norms, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 65:1, 111-134, DOI: 10.1080/08838151.2021.1903896

Access the article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08838151.2021.1903896

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