Modern societies are currently facing new challenges arising from the global phenomenon known as «fake news». This article presents the results of a case study conducted in a Portuguese public higher education institution that involved communication students and whose main objective was to understand the students' perception of fake news and online misinformation. Data were collected using an online questionnaire and a focus group. The sample included 49 students who were attending the second year of Media and Communication in 2018/2019 and 8 students participated in a focus group. The results obtained showed that students are aware of the existence of fake news and understand what they are and the reasons why individuals create and share false information. The answers show that most of the manipulated news they have found came from social media and that participants trust on the information they get from television, newspapers, and radio. The current research concluded that the students are aware that fake news are an increasing problem and assume that education is the best way to prevent people from being manipulated by fake news.
|Título traduzido da contribuição||Fake news online: the perspective of a group of media and communication university students in Portugal|
|Número de páginas||22|
|Número de emissão||29|
|Estado da publicação||Published - abr 2020|