Environment and Social Psychology

The Psychology of Fake News

Submission deadline: 2024-10-31
Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Fake news, best described as "fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent," (Lazer et al, 2018) is a growing concern for society at large. With the advent of new technical possibilities for creating and disseminating fake content online that can be readily exploited by malevolant individuals, fake news have been implicated in cases of targeted campaings that are affecting public opinion and shaping policies. The aim of this Special Issue is to elucidate the psychological mechanisms that are being exploited by the creators of fake content in order to facilitate their spread and adoption by the lay public. Such knowledge is important in order to address and effectively combat this wide-ranging phenomenon.

Dr. Georgios Floros

Guest Editor


Fake News; Cyberpsychology; Social Psychology; Group Psychology

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