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      Designing for affective warnings & cautions to protect against online misinformation threats

      34th British HCI Conference (HCI2021)
      Post-pandemic HCI – Living Digitally
      20th - 21st July 2021
      Misinformation, Warning, Caution, Affective, Visualisation effects, Awareness, Perception


            Social media’s affordance for misinformation is compromising the glue that holds us and our society together. By influencing and manipulating our human behaviour particularly the decisions we make and opinions we form, it is polarising our existence in not only the virtual but also the physical world in which we live. Yet, despite being aware of the destructive nature of misinformation in general, many of us still don’t seem to understand/ see the full danger on an individual basis. Hence, as we have witnessed during Covid 19, many people still continue to share this misinformation widely. The authors of this paper feel that there is an urgent need to support people in being more aware of false information whilst online. In this paper, we share thoughts around some of the mechanisms that people currently use to identify misinformation online. In particular, the focus is on a study that explores participant’s experiences of ten different visualisation effects on a Facebook page. The findings highlight that some of these initial visualisation designs are more effective than the others in informing people that something is not quite what it should be. Like in the physical world, we propose the design of a set of affective online visual warnings and cautions that we hope can be further developed to fight online misinformation and counter it’s current negative influence on society.


            Author and article information

            July 2021
            July 2021
            : 116-120
            [0001]Cardiff School of Technologies

            Cardiff Met University

            Llandaff Campus,

            Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB

            © Carroll et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of the BCS 34th British HCI Conference 2021, UK

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            34th British HCI Conference
            London, UK
            20th - 21st July 2021
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Post-pandemic HCI – Living Digitally
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2021.11
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Affective,Awareness,Warning,Perception,Misinformation,Caution,Visualisation effects


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