Information Re-Sharing on Social Network Sites in the Age of Fake News

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This article examines the relationship between the characteristics of social media content and re-sharing behavior.

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Koohikamali, Mehrdad & Sidorova, Anna October 3, 2017.

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This article examines the relationship between the characteristics of social media content and re-sharing behavior.

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Aim/Purpose
In the light of the recent attention to the role of social media in the dissemination of fake news, it is important to understand the relationship between the character-istics of the social media content and re-sharing behavior. This study seeks to ex-amine individual level antecedents of information re-sharing behavior including individual beliefs about the quality of information available on social network sites (SNSs), attitude towards SNS use and risk perceptions and attitudes.
Methodology
Testing the research model by data collected through surveys that were adminis-tered to test the research model. Data was collected from undergraduate students in a public university in the US.
Contribution
This study contributes to theory in Information Systems by addressing the issue of information quality in the context of information re-sharing on social media.
This study has important practical implications for SNS users and providers alike. Ensuring that information available on SNS is of high quality is critical to main-taining a healthy user base.
Findings
Results indicate that attitude toward using SNSs and intention to re-share infor-mation on SNSs is influenced by perceived information quality (enjoyment, rele-vance, and reliability). Also, risk-taking propensity and enjoyment influence the intention to re-share information on SNSs in a positive direction.
Future Research
In the dynamic context of SNSs, the role played by quality of information is changing. Understanding changes in quality of information by conducting longi-tudinal studies and experiments and including the role of habits is necessary.

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  • Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline, 2017. Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Institute

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  • Publication Title: Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline
  • Volume: 20
  • Pages: 215-235
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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  • May 30, 2017

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  • October 3, 2017

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  • October 3, 2017

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  • Oct. 26, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

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Koohikamali, Mehrdad & Sidorova, Anna. Information Re-Sharing on Social Network Sites in the Age of Fake News, article, October 3, 2017; Santa Rosa, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1036558/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Business.