Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/163490
Title: Fake news, real risks: how online discussion and sources of fact-check influence public risk perceptions toward nuclear energy
Authors: Ho, Shirley S. 
Chuah, Agnes Soo Fei
Kim, Nuri
Tandoc, Edson C.
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Ho, S. S., Chuah, A. S. F., Kim, N. & Tandoc, E. C. (2022). Fake news, real risks: how online discussion and sources of fact-check influence public risk perceptions toward nuclear energy. Risk Analysis, 1-15. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.13980
Project: NRF2014NPR-NPRP001-004
Journal: Risk Analysis 
Abstract: This study seeks to understand how online discussion, fact-checking, and sources of fact-checks will influence individuals' risk perceptions toward nuclear energy when they are exposed to fake news. Using a 2 × 3 experimental design, 320 participants were randomly assigned to one of the six experimental conditions. Results showed an interaction effect between online discussion and exposure to fact-checking, in which online discussion lowered individuals' risk perception toward nuclear energy when a fact-check was unavailable. Of those who participated in the online discussion, those who viewed a fact-check posted by traditional media have higher risk perception as compared to those who viewed a fact-check posted by a fact-check organization. Our findings indicate that different fact-checking sources can have differential effects on public risk perceptions, depending on whether online discussion is involved. To curb the spread of fake news, different fact-checking strategies will need to be deployed depending on the situation.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/163490
ISSN: 0272-4332
DOI: 10.1111/risa.13980
Rights: © 2022 Society for Risk Analysis. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
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