Political information read on news websites is more associated with higher trust, whereas social media sites are generally not trusted, suggests a new article written by Andrea Ceron of Università degli Studi di Milano, published recently Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. The study suggests that quality of news seems to be as crucial as ever, even in the world of dominating social media.
In the study, a cross-sectional analysis of Eurobarometer survey data related to 27 countries was performed. Also, Ceron conducted a supervised sentiment analysis of online political information broadcast during the Italian debate on the reform of public funding of parties. However, Ceron notes that no causality was proven – the findings need to be confirmed by further analyses.
The article was published as online-first version. Read the whole article here.