Andrew Guess, Dominique Lockett, Benjamin Lyons, Jacob M. Montgomery, Brendan Nyhan, Jason Reifler. 2020. “‘Fake news’ may have limited effects beyond increasing beliefs in false claims.“ Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, 1, 1.
Since 2016, there has been an explosion of interest in misinformation and its role in elections. Research by news outlets, government agencies, and academics alike has shown that millions of Americans have been exposed to dubious political news online. However, relatively little research has focused on documenting the effects of consuming this content. Our results suggest that many claims about the effects of exposure to false news may be overstated, or, at the very least, misunderstood.