“Just My Intuition”: Awareness of Versus Acting on Political News Misinformation

Yong Ming Kow, Yubo Kou, Xitong Zhu, Wang Hin Sy

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Abstract

Citizens are becoming increasingly aware of the prevalence of misinformation, disinformation, and rumors, especially on political topics. But currently, the literature lacks clarity on how citizens are dealing with this issue. And information science and HCI researchers propose design solutions such as diverse information platforms assuming that citizens - with more information at hand - will be able to rationalize political misinformation on their own. In this paper, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 21 Hong Kong residents. Our findings point out that while most of our participants were aware of misinformation, they mostly did not act on them. This suggests that while it is important for designers to further develop information rich news representations, researchers also need to develop alternative solutions such as news literacy education as long term remedies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation in Contemporary Society - 14th International Conference, iConference 2019, Proceedings
EditorsNatalie Greene Taylor, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Michelle H. Martin, Bonnie Nardi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages469-480
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030157418
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Event14th International Conference on Information in Contemporary Society, iConference 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2019Apr 3 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11420 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Information in Contemporary Society, iConference 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period3/31/194/3/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Kow, Y. M., Kou, Y., Zhu, X., & Sy, W. H. (2019). “Just My Intuition”: Awareness of Versus Acting on Political News Misinformation. In N. G. Taylor, C. Christian-Lamb, M. H. Martin, & B. Nardi (Eds.), Information in Contemporary Society - 14th International Conference, iConference 2019, Proceedings (pp. 469-480). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11420 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15742-5_45