Partisan Polarization Is the Primary Psychological Motivation behind Political Fake News Sharing on Twitter

  title={Partisan Polarization Is the Primary Psychological Motivation behind Political Fake News Sharing on Twitter},
  author={Mathias Osmundsen and Alexander Bor and Peter Bjerregaard Vahlstrup and Anja Bechmann and Michael Bang Petersen},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={999 - 1015}
Abstract The rise of “fake news” is a major concern in contemporary Western democracies. Yet, research on the psychological motivations behind the spread of political fake news on social media is surprisingly limited. Are citizens who share fake news ignorant and lazy? Are they fueled by sinister motives, seeking to disrupt the social status quo? Or do they seek to attack partisan opponents in an increasingly polarized political environment? This article is the first to test these competing… Expand
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