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|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
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||Fulltext Availability:||No Fulltext|
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