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Authenticating Fake News: An Empirical Study in India

  • Gautam Prakash
  • Ravinder Kumar VermaEmail author
  • P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan
  • Arpan K. Kar
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 558)

Abstract

Social media has become an important means for communication to promote content sharing and social networking. The usage of social media has opportunities and challenges. This article aims to highlight the ways through which individuals authenticate fake news while using social media platforms. To explore the patterns of fake news authentication on social media, online and offline surveys were conducted to get 231 responses. Social media users at the individual level authenticate fake news at two levels: internal – individual discernment and perceptiveness about news, sources and popularity of news, and external – friends and relatives, multiple external sources, formal and social spheres. This study provides insights into the usage patterns of social media platforms and ways of fake news authentication. The insights from the study might help social media platforms, governments, users and researchers.

Keywords

Social media Fake news Authentication of fake news 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gautam Prakash
    • 1
  • Ravinder Kumar Verma
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan
    • 1
  • Arpan K. Kar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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