What is it about?

This paper maps Internet users' epistemic belief to their likelihood to spread rumors on the Internet. It offers insights into why some people spread rumors while others serve as an antidote to rumor virality.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this paper is important for the fields of online misinformation and fake news.


As researchers, we often think about our epistemological orientation - what is the source of knowledge, and how is knowledge created? In the digital age where information is always overflowing, I thought it is important that even Internet users think about their epistemic beliefs - what is fact, and how can fact be separated from hoax? This thought process eventually culminated in this academic work.

Dr Snehasish Banerjee
University of York

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This page is a summary of: To share or not to share: The role of epistemic belief in online health rumors, International Journal of Medical Informatics, December 2017, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.08.010.
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