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ABSTRACT. Employing recent research results covering the viral power of fake news, and building our argument by drawing on data collected from Carleton University, GlobalWebIndex, Pew Research Center, Public Knowledge, Statista, and the University of Canberra, we performed analyses and made estimates regarding conspiracy theories and incorrect scientific information about COVID-19. Structural equation modelling was used to analyze the collected data.

Keywords: fake news; damaging misinformation; COVID-19; conspiracy theories; stress

How to cite: Sheares, G., Miklencicova, R., and Grupac, M. (2020). “The Viral Power of Fake News: Subjective Social Insecurity, COVID-19 Damaging Misinformation, and Baseless Conspiracy Theories,” Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 19: 121–127. doi: 10.22381/LPI1920209

Received 16 April 2020 • Received in revised form 21 May 2020
Accepted 22 May 2020 • Available online 24 May 2020

Gavin Sheares
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The Cyber-Physical Smart
Manufacturing Systems Research Unit
at CLI, Melbourne, Australia
(corresponding author)
Renata Miklencicova
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Faculty of Mass Media Communication,
University of SS. Cyril and Methodius,
Trnava, Slovak Republic
Marian Grupac
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Faculty of Humanities,
Department of Mediamatics and Cultural Heritage,
University of Zilina, Zilina, Slovak Republic

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