Misinformation and Its Impact on Contested Policy Issues: The Example of Migration Discourses

Komendantova, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2568-6179, Erokhin, D., & Albano, T. (2023). Misinformation and Its Impact on Contested Policy Issues: The Example of Migration Discourses. Societies 13 (7) e168. 10.3390/soc13070168.

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Misinformation, in the form of false or inaccurate information deliberately created and spread through various channels, including social media, has become pervasive in the context of migration. An analysis of 45,000 English tweets revealed a wide range of attitudes towards migrants, including the presence of misinformation, concerns, and positive and negative attitudes. This study acknowledges the negative effects of misinformation, such as the formation of preconditions that promote false representations of migrants, foster negative attitudes, and consolidate prejudices against them. Misinformation also leads to mistrust among migrants towards official authorities and creates an environment conducive to exploitation by smugglers and traffickers. To address these issues, this study suggests corrective measures, including raising awareness, promoting evidence-based reasoning, and facilitating diverse forms of interpersonal dialogue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration; misinformation; contested policy
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Cooperation and Transformative Governance (CAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2023 07:42
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2023 07:42
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/18913

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