COVID-19 Fake News and Consumer Attitudes toward Asian Americans
Authors: Chrysalis Wright & Hang Duong
Original Publication Site & Date: Media Psychology Symposium, July 2020. [virtual symposium]
Abstract: Fake news is not only hard for some people to identify but it can also create confusion about what is true, doubt about accurate information, reliance on falsehoods, and is continuously shared among members of the public. Racial hoaxes in fake news have the intent of validating and encouraging discriminatory and racist opinions toward minority groups. These correspond with biased opinions and stereotypical views regarding minority groups. Presently, the influence of fake news on attitudes toward minority groups can be seen in the stark increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans in the U.S. after the spread of COVID-19 and many false claims regarding China and Asians. This study is examining how exposure to fake news related to COVID-19 is impacting viewers attitudes toward Asian Americans.
Racial hoaxes in fake news have the intent of validating and encouraging discriminatory and racist opinions toward minority groups.
The study is currently in the data collection phase and will be ready by July. Participants are presented with examples of both real news and fake news related to COVID-19 and Asian Americans and are asked to identify the accuracy of each news piece. Participants then answer questions related to their views and attitudes regarding Asian Americans, followed by sociodemographic items and questions to assess right-wing authoritarianism.
Chrysalis L. Wright, Ph.D. & Hang Duong
Department of Psychology
University of Central Florida
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