Using Message Strategies to Attenuate the Effects of Disinformation on Credibility

Erika J. Schneider, Courtney D. Boman

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In the growth of online news, the industry faces increased threats on a polarized landscape, such as online-targeted disinformation, that threaten the legitimacy of news sources. This research contributes to the theoretical advancement of crisis communication and social psychology theories and provides guidance for professionals navigating emerging forms of paracrises. Results from this experimental design study reveal that during orchestrated disinformation campaigns, an astroturf paracrisis can damage the credibility of a targeted organization. Findings share how political ideology affects perceptions of news credibility during these campaigns and how combined proactive and reactive messaging can attenuate the effects of an astroturfer across the political spectrum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-411
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2023


  • credibility
  • disinformation
  • online news
  • political ideology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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