Fake or Fact? Factors Predicting the Capability of Recipients to Assess the Truthfulness of Impactful News

Johanna Radechovsky


Susceptibility to mis- and disinformation constitutes a risk for democracy. Research is needed on how well recipients assess the veracity of news and how their assessments are affected. Using quantitative data from a representative survey for Germany, I determined which features predict susceptibility to misinformation. Regression models show which aspects facilitate misperception and which competencies should be promoted to enhance resilience. The respondents tended to be biased and prone to misperceptions about the topics integrated into the study that surrounded the environment, sustainability, and international affairs. The article recommends media literacy programs to address the challenges of misperception.


misperception, misinformation, attitudes, news, social media

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