Social Media as Information Source: Recency of Updates and Credibility of Information

  title={Social Media as Information Source: Recency of Updates and Credibility of Information},
  author={David Westerman and Patric R. Spence and Brandon Van Der Heide},
  journal={J. Computer-Mediated Communication},
Social media are increasingly being used as an information source, including information related to risks and crises. The current study examines how pieces of information available in social media impact perceptions of source credibility. Specifically, participants in the study were asked to view 1 of 3 mock pages that varied the recency with which tweets were posted and then to report on their perceived source credibility of the page owner. Data indicate that recency of tweets… CONTINUE READING
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