You’re More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped

People in both the United States and China who think others are being duped by online misinformation about COVID-19 are also more likely to support corporate and political efforts to address that misinformation, according to a new study. The study suggests negative emotions may also play a role in the U.S. – but not in China.

“A lot of misinformation has been shared online over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we had a range of questions about how people are responding to this misinformation,” says Yang Cheng, co-lead author of the study and an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State University.