Opinion Formation

Human and algorithmic contributions to misinformation online-identifying the culprit

In times of massive fake news campaigns in social media, one may ask who is to blame for the spread of misinformation online. Are humans, in their limited capacity for rational self-reflection or responsible information use, guilty because they are …

Would I Lie to You? How Users Evaluate Faked Online Content Depending on Its Publication Type

Since the unexpected outcome of the 2016 US elections and the Brexit referendum, the term fake news mutated to an almost daily mentioned topic in the media. Current research on this topic mostly deals with the effect of fake news on opinion …

Towards an Understanding of Opinion Formation on the Internet: Using a Latent Process Model to Understand the Spread of Information on Social Media

Understanding what drives the process of opinion formation has been studied since the 1960s. With the advent of the social web, this process has drastically changed, as everyone can easily reach out to the global public. However, not everyone …