The Dark Side of Social Media: Misinformation, Negativity, and Polarisation

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Abstract

Misinformation is one of the greatest threats to our society. What is it though that makes people share misinformation with their audiences on social media? How does exposure to misinformation affect our attitudes and behavior? And what can various stakeholders do to help mitigate the spread of misinformation? I discuss eight studies that were designed to answer the aforementioned questions. These eight studies include the analysis over half a million social media posts shared more than 150 million times and online experiments with more than 800 US residents. This thesis makes several contributions to the literature on information sharing.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Gruner, Richard L., Supervisor
  • Harrigan, Paul, Supervisor
  • Wang, Shasha, Supervisor
Award date20 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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