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Asian Journal of Information and Communications 12(1)
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The relationship between YouTube use and perceptions of social problems caused by fake news and deepfake in South Korea Seok Kang

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  • 2020-10-07
The current study investigates South Koreans’ perceptions of social problems caused by
fake news and deepfake. The data were obtained from the Korea Press Foundation’s (KPF)
annual survey of media audiences. Analyses of 1,218 respondents found that heavy
YouTube users exposed to fake news were more likely than light users to be concerned
about social polarization, social harm, and low credibility caused by fake news. In
perceptions of social problems caused by deepfake, heavy YouTube content users appeared
to speak up for deepfake regulation and victimization. The political liberals were more
likely than the political conservatives concerned about political polarization caused by fake
news on YouTube. The liberals contended regulation on deepfake more than did the
conservatives. Implications of the results in the South Korean social media context were
discussed.


Keywords: fake news, deepfake, YouTube, social polarization, political orientation
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