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Fake News Perception in Germany: A Representative Study of People's Attitudes and Approaches to Counteract Disinformation

Reuter, Christian ; Hartwig, Katrin ; Kirchner, Jan ; Schlegel, Noah (2022)
Fake News Perception in Germany: A Representative Study of People's Attitudes and Approaches to Counteract Disinformation.
14. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2019). Siegen, Germany (23.-27.2.2019)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00020795
Conference or Workshop Item, Secondary publication, Publisher's Version

Abstract

Fake news has become an important topic in our social and political environment. While research is coming up for the U.S. and European countries, many aspects remain uncovered as long as existing work only marginally investigates people’s attitudes towards fake news. In this work, we present the results of a representative study (N=1023) in Germany asking participants about their attitudes towards fake news and approaches to counteract disinformation. More than 80% of the participants agree that fake news poses a threat. 78% see fake news as harming democracy. Even though about half of the respondents (48%) have noticed fake news, most participants stated to have never liked, shared or commented on fake news. Regarding demographic factors, our findings support the view of younger and relatively educated people being more informed about fake news. Concerning ideological motives, the evaluation suggests left-wing or liberal respondents to be more critical of fake news.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2022
Creators: Reuter, Christian ; Hartwig, Katrin ; Kirchner, Jan ; Schlegel, Noah
Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Fake News Perception in Germany: A Representative Study of People's Attitudes and Approaches to Counteract Disinformation
Language: English
Date: 2022
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Publisher: Association for Information Systems AIS
Book Title: Tagungsband WI 2019 : Human Practice. Digital Ecologies. Our Future.
Event Title: 14. Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI 2019)
Event Location: Siegen, Germany
Event Dates: 23.-27.2.2019
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00020795
URL / URN: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/20795
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Abstract:

Fake news has become an important topic in our social and political environment. While research is coming up for the U.S. and European countries, many aspects remain uncovered as long as existing work only marginally investigates people’s attitudes towards fake news. In this work, we present the results of a representative study (N=1023) in Germany asking participants about their attitudes towards fake news and approaches to counteract disinformation. More than 80% of the participants agree that fake news poses a threat. 78% see fake news as harming democracy. Even though about half of the respondents (48%) have noticed fake news, most participants stated to have never liked, shared or commented on fake news. Regarding demographic factors, our findings support the view of younger and relatively educated people being more informed about fake news. Concerning ideological motives, the evaluation suggests left-wing or liberal respondents to be more critical of fake news.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Fake news, disinformation, citizens’ perceptions, representative survey, counteraction, Germany
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-207957
Classification DDC: 000 Generalities, computers, information > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications, transportation
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC)
Profile Areas
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
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LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > CRISP - Center for Research in Security and Privacy
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Zentrale Einrichtungen > Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Naturwissenschaft, Technik und Sicherheit (IANUS)
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 12:47
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2023 08:55
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