Fake news 'travels faster', study finds

Fake news 'travels faster', study finds

Fake news 'travels faster', study finds

Not only that, but it takes true stories about six times as long to reach 1,500 people on Twitter than it takes a false story, on average.

Why can the bots not be blamed? The researchers made a point of avoiding use of this phrase.

To understand the mechanism detailed in the journal Science, the team analysed roughly 126,000 stories tweeted by three million people more than 4.5 million times. It is hard to know for sure, because Twitter is one of the few platforms that shares the relevant data with the public.

Misinformation has always been our enemy, since the days when hucksters sold so-called snake oil from their carts.

Twitter and other social media companies such as Facebook have been under scrutiny by USA lawmakers and worldwide regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false content.

"Let's not take it as our destiny", said Deb Roy, another of the researchers, "that we have entered into the post-truth world from which we will not emerge". The reason the study says this happens is that the news is seen as "novel". "This has very important effects on our society, our democracy, our politicians, our economy".

The researchers found bots accelerated the spread of news, but there was little difference in how false or true news spread when bots were removed from the analysis.

Fake news is retweeted by unique users more broadly than real news at every depth within a cascade. The underlying assumption has been that, if leaders can curb bots, they can get the false stories more under control.

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To verify a news story, six fact-checkers were used - FactCheck, Hoax-Slayer, PolitiFact, Snopes, TruthorFiction, and About.com Urban Legends. That novelty and emotional charge seem to be what's generating more retweets.

"False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information", said Sinan Aral, a co-author and professor at MIT Sloan, in a statement. They weren't. Stooges of the Democratic Party?

Another paper, also in Science, collects the expertise of 15 academics from various Ivy League schools and other institutions of higher learning.

False rumors have affected stock prices and the motivation for large-scale investments, the team said. The tweet is believed to have caused US$130 billion to have been wiped from the stock market before an AP representative reported that their account had been hacked.

The role of social media in spreading misinformation, propelled by bots has been heavily scrutinized since the election of US President Donald Trump in 2016. "It's easy to be novel when you make things up". Nope. Did Hilary Clinton sells weapons to ISIS.

David Lazer, a political and computer scientist at Northeastern University who wasn't part of the study but wrote an accompanying report, praised the MIT research but said the scientists may have missed a lot of bots and cyborgs - sort of in-between humans. "Cyberspace is the ultimate, ecumenical echo chamber".

The study highlights that fake news is, at its core, a problem with human nature and our worst impulses, giving in to base instincts and confirmation bias. "The media have a vested interest in constant titillation, and consistent, reliable information flow does not serve that agenda".

Instead, false news speeds faster around Twitter due to people retweeting inaccurate news items.

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