The spread of false and misleading online information from both domestic and foreign sources, regardless of whether it is inadvertent or purposeful, pollutes political discourse and amplifies partisan discord – which in turn severely hampers the ability of society to address critical policy challenges. The global COVID-19 “infodemic” has only exacerbated this problem.
How misinformation spreads through social networks, how misinformation evolves on social media platforms, how media behaviors and attitudes drive exposure to and endorsement of misinformation, how we proactively mitigate misinformation, and the downstream impacts of misinformation on behavior, policy, and society, are all essential questions that CCPP scholars explore.
Recent Selected Publications
- Walter, N., Brooks, J. J., Saucier, C. J., & Suresh, S. (in press). Evaluating the impact of attempts to correct health misinformation on social media: A meta-analysis. Health Communication
- Edgerly, S., Mourao, R., and Esther, T. (2020). When do audiences verify? How perceptions about message and source influence audience verification and news headlines. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. 97(1) 52-71
- Nisbet, E.C. and Kamenchuk, O. (2019). The psychology of state-sponsored disinformation campaigns and implications for the future of public diplomacy. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. 14(1-2), 65-82
- Walter, N., Ball-Rokeach, S., Xu, Y., & Broad, G. M. (2018). Communication ecologies: Analyzing adoption of false beliefs in an information-rich environment. Science Communication, 48(5), 650–668.
Recent Sponsored Projects
- Anticipatory Misinformation Influence Sentinel System (AMISS) (Sponsored by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity)
- Quantifying the Downstream Effects of COVID-19 Online Health Information on Risk Perceptions, Decision-making, Policy References, and Preventive Health Behaviors (Sponsored by National Science Foundation)
- Quantifying Downstream Harms of Misinformation Shared on Social Media during the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election (Sponsored by Facebook)