Exploring the Dual-Role of Cognitive Heuristics and the Moderating Effect of Gender in Microblog Information Credibility Evaluation

Chunxiao Yin, Yongqiang Sun, Yulin Fang, Kai Lim

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Abstract

Purpose
Although microblogs have become an important information source, the credibility of their postings is still a critical concern due to the open and unregulated nature. To understand the antecedents of microblog information credibility, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the dual-role of cognitive heuristics (i.e. the additivity and bias roles) and the effect of gender differences.

Design/methodology/approach
This study collected data via an online field survey of active microblog users, and a total of 204 valid responses was received.

Findings
This study demonstrates the dual-role of source credibility and vividness, the additivity role of microblog platform credibility, and the bias role of social endorsement. Furthermore, this study also found out gender difference that the additivity role of cognitive heuristics was stronger for men while bias role was stronger for women.

Research limitations/implications
This research enriches the microblog literature by examining the cognitive heuristic determinants as key predictors of microblog information credibility, and contributes to the information credibility literature by identifying and analyzing the dual-role effect of cognitive heuristics and corresponding gender differences.

Practical implications
This study can help organizations better manage their reputation, especially during the reputation crises, and also serves as a reminder to microblog platform operators of the importance of their microblog platform credibility.

Social implications
This study can help organizations better manage their reputation, especially during the reputation crises, and serves as a reminder to the microblog platform operators of the importance of their microblog platform credibility.

Originality/value
This study investigates the dual-role effect of cognitive heuristics (i.e. the additivity role and bias role) and corresponding gender differences that are less touched on before, and thus provides a more nuanced understanding of the more complex effects of cognitive heuristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-769
Number of pages29
JournalInformation Technology and People
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2018

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Social media
  • Empirical study
  • Information
  • Credibility
  • Microblog
  • Dual-role
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Information credibility
  • Cognitive heuristics
  • Gender differences

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