Misinformation Concerns and Online News Participation among internet Users in India

In this article, we show the factors that affect concerns for online misinformation among English-language internet users in India, and how online news participation is affected by the rise of misinformation. WhatsApp use, but not Facebook and Twitter, trust in news, and identifying with main political parties (BJP/INC) are all correlated with higher concern over online misinformation. Partisans are more likely to engage with news online. Facebook and Twitter use, but not WhatsApp, are positively associated with online news sharing. Interestingly, concern about misinformation does not affect online news engagement.

Published by Taberez A. Neyazi

I am Assistant Professor of Political Communication and New Media and Director of Digital Campaign Asia at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore.

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