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Mistakenly misinformed or intentionally deceived? Mis- and Disinformation perceptions on the Russian War in Ukraine among citizens in 19 countries

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posted on 2024-01-11, 13:37 authored by Michael Hameleers, Marina Tulin, Claes de Vreese, Toril Aalberg, Ana Sofia Cardenal, Nicoleta Corbu, Patrick van Erkel, Frank Esser, Luisa Gehle, Denis Halagiera, David Hopmann, Karolina Koc-Michalska, Jörg Matthes, Christine Meltzer, Sabina MiheljSabina Mihelj, Christian Schemer, Tamir Sheafer, Sergio Splendore, James Stanyr, Agnieszka Stepinska, Vaclav StetkaVaclav Stetka, Jesper Strömbäck, Ludovic Terren, Yannis Theocharis, Alon Zoizner
In information environments characterized by institutional distrust, fragmentation and the widespread dissemination of conspiracies and disinformation, citizens perceive misinformation as a salient and threatening issue. Especially amidst disruptive events and crises, news users are likely to believe that information is inaccurate or deceptive. Using an original 19-country comparative survey study across diverse regions in the world (N = 19,037), we find that news users are likely to regard information on the Russian war in Ukraine as false. They are more likely to attribute false information to deliberative deception than to a lack of access to the war area or inaccurate expert knowledge. Russian sources are substantially more likely to be blamed for falsehoods than Ukrainian or Western sources – but these attribution biases depend on a country's position on the war. Our findings reveal that people mostly believe that falsehoods are intended to deceive them, and selectively associate misinformation with the opposed camp.

Funding

Democratic governance in a turbulent age

European Commission

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The Illiberal Turn? News Consumption, Polarization and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

Economic and Social Research Council

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I-POLHYS Investigating POLarization in HYbrid media Systems

Ministry of Education, Universities and Research

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School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

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European Journal of Political Research

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

2023-09-09

Publication date

2023-12-12

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0304-4130

eISSN

1475-6765

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Vaclav Stetka. Deposit date: 10 January 2024

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