Modeling the Dynamic Process and Adverse Effects of Misinformation

Ven-hwei Lo, Ran Wei

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Building on the bivariate and multivariate analyses presented in Chapters 4–10, we further explore in this chapter the process and effects of misinformation about COVID with a holistic modeling approach. Four structural models were proposed and tested with the pooled data collected from Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Results consistently underscore the important role of access to digital information in influencing the degree of encountering COVID-19 misinformation across the four cities, which affects a range of cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral outcomes. In addition, trust in government was found to be a moderator that interacts with exposure to misinformation in jointly influencing the respondents’ projected harms of misinformation on others and their support for action to restrict it. We explain the causal mechanisms of mediators such as elaborations, emotions elicited by misinformation, and presumed influence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMiscommunicating the COVID-19 Pandemic
Subtitle of host publicationAn Asia Perspective
EditorsRan Wei
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003355984
ISBN (Print)9781032408880, 9781032410470
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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