How types of Facebook users approach news verification in the mobile media age: Insights from the dual-information-processing model

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Abstract

Because social media have become a primary means by which fake news is received and disseminated, verifying the accuracy of such news has become an increasingly critical practice for individual users. Drawing on the dual-information-processing model, this study uses two-wave panel survey data collected in Taiwan to investigate users’ verification processes. Results reveal three user-types based on motivation for Facebook use—omnivores, entertainment-oriented mixers, and leisure-convenience seekers—and show that omnivores who are high in all motivations are more likely to engage in elaborative processing and subsequent verification of news than leisure-convenience seekers who use Facebook mainly for leisure and convenience purposes. Further, the indirect effects are weaker for entertainment-oriented mixers with higher levels of mobile Facebook use, compared to leisure-convenience seekers.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
JournalMass Communication and Society
StatePublished - 4 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • REPERTOIRES
  • MOTIVATIONS
  • CREDIBILITY
  • CITIZENS
  • WEB

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