Social Media Misinformation’s Effect on the General Population Under COVID-19 the Public’s Emotional Response to False Material
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- Covid-19; Disinformation; Social media; Emotional
This paper discusses the explosive spread of disinformation under Covid-19 due to increased public use of social media. With the public unable to judge right from wrong, mass emotions can be affected, especially in societies in the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak, where misunderstood or insensitive language may be amplified in social media and mass emotions become more sensitive. Disinformation on the internet affects people’s independent judgement and appeals to emotion reduce the audience’s incentive to verify sources and question the authenticity of news, objectively reducing the cost and resistance to the spread of fake news and leading to mass anxiety due to misinformation. Covid-19 outbreak, disinformation may mislead the masses to use the wrong methods to defend themselves against the virus, leading to life-threatening risks.
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TY - CONF AU - Zhi Zheng PY - 2023 DA - 2023/09/09 TI - Social Media Misinformation’s Effect on the General Population Under COVID-19 the Public’s Emotional Response to False Material BT - Proceedings of the 2023 9th International Conference on Humanities and Social Science Research (ICHSSR 2023) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 613 EP - 620 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/978-2-38476-092-3_74 DO - 10.2991/978-2-38476-092-3_74 ID - Zheng2023 ER -