Fake news, information overload, and the third-person effect in China

Shuo Tang, Lars Willnat, Hongzhong Zhang

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Based on a national survey of 1111 Chinese citizens, this study analyzes how exposure to fake news and perceptions of information overload are associated with the third-person effect. The findings indicate that fake news exposure correlates with perceived information overload and third-person perceptions of fake news. Respondents with higher levels of perceived information overload also report stronger third-person perceptions. In addition, Chinese respondents who believe that fake news affects others more than themselves are less likely to support stricter controls of fake news.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-507
Number of pages16
JournalGlobal Media and China
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • China
  • fake news
  • information overload
  • survey
  • the third-person effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication


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