|Titre :||Relating Credibility to Writing Style, Emotion, and Scope of Spread of Disinformation (2022)|
|Type de document :||Article : Articles|
|Dans :||Journal of Information Warfare (21-3, Summer 2022)|
|Article en page(s) :||13p.|
This study focuses on Taiwan, a Chinese-speaking country suffering from disinformation attacks. To fully explore the situation in Taiwan, this study adopts the victim-oriented approach and focuses on the following question: what are some factors regarding the credibility of disinformation in Taiwan? The result of an exit poll survey (n=892) and a series of behavior experiments (n=86) indicate that, when countering disinformation, regulations that only focus on transparency of the source may have little impact since the source is not the main variable in terms of credibility. Instead, the researchers suggest that fact checkers, journalists, and authorities be more aware of disinformation that seems to be rational. This kind of disinformation is more harmful than other kinds, especially when the information stirs up negative feelings and circulates in small echo chambers.