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Title: "Partisan or party-shun?" : When fact-checking meets partisanship
Authors: Goh, Bryan Wei Ming
Keywords: Social sciences::Mass media::Media law, ethics and policy
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Goh, B. W. M. (2021). "Partisan or party-shun?" : When fact-checking meets partisanship. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: This experimental study aims to establish if the source of a fact check has an impact on its believability. Using a between-subjects design, 200 respondents were each presented with two mocked-up fake news Facebook posts that were manipulated by either a government or presumed non-government fact-checking effort. After viewing each Facebook post with its accompanied fact-check, respondents were asked questions which elicited their thoughts about the pieces of fake news and their fact-checks. A moderated mediation analysis found that a government fact-check was seen as less credible than a non-government fact-check, and that it was also thus less believable. Conversely, a non-government fact-check was seen as more credible than a non-government fact-check and thus, more believable. The results suggest that the government fact-check efforts might not be as effective as intended due to the impression of its credibility and as a result, the believability of its fact-check. Further implications of such findings and recommendations for future studies are also discussed.
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