Keywords : Opinion leader
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 3636-3644
Credibility determines how a person influence people’sopinion and behavior. All public figures, including ulama, require high credibility. In the digital era, can ulama provide legit information and play a role in warding off hoaxes circulating through digital media? This study used a descriptive method with interview as a data collection tool. The research informants were fifteen Quran recitation members aged 30-70 years in Parigi District, Pangandaran Regency. The results showed that, unlike the internet news,people in rural areas still consider ulama opinion leaders. Ulama only confirm internet hoax if the members of the Quran recitation ask about it.However, the source of their knowledge is not the internet, but the Quran and Al Hadits. The members of the recitation did not make the ulama the first to ask about the truth of news on the internet. It can be concluded that the high credibility of scholars deals with real-life problems but not with issues that develop on the internet.