Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

U.S. study finds fake news spreads faster than real news

U.S. study finds fake news spreads faster than real news

Ultimately, readers have the power to decide what gets shared: "If we don't click, the false information doesn't spread". When they looked deeper into the study, they found out even the participation of those bots were 15 percent; it was more od real people accounts shared those false news.

"We found that falsehood defuses significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth, in all categories of information, and in many cases by an order of magnitude", says Sinan Aral, one of the study's co-authors and a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, in a release. Researchers found that the spread of false information is essentially not due to robots that are programmed to disseminate inaccurate stories. Factcheck.org, Jamieson said, looks more at context and does not label something either true or false. "So they can't be the sole reason as to why false information seems to be spreading so much faster".

In a recent study on misinformation on Twitter, it has been found that false news is spreading faster and further than the true news.

It should come as no surprise that the internet has spawned a resurgence of fake news.

Concern over bogus stories online has escalated in recent months because of evidence the Russians spread disinformation on social media during the 2016 presidential campaign to sow discord in the US and damage Hillary Clinton. Fake news is marked in red, true news in green, and a mix of the two in yellow.

The result? "We saw a different emotional profile for false news and true news", Vosoughi says. They also used a broad definition of "news".

Fake news, especially false political news, travels faster than legitimate reports a study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has revealed.

They also want structural changes that aim to prevent the spread of fake news, calling for an interdisciplinary research effort that involves various social media platforms.

Researchers looked at 126,000 stories on Twitter, tweeted by around 3.5 million users more than 4.5 million times between 2006 and 2017. He found out that individual tweets of true news only reached to 1000 or more people.

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"We conclude that human behavior contributes more to the differential spread of falsity and truth than automated robots do", they wrote.

For now, Roy says, even well-meaning Twitter users might reflect on a simple idea: "Think before you retweet".

They define novelty as information that "is not only surprising, but also more valuable" for making decisions or portraying one's self as an insider who knows things others don't.

But don't forget about the bots, argue Filippo Menczer of Indiana University and colleagues.

They said it could be because fake news tends to be "more novel".

Why do people fall for it, whether it's from a bot or a real friend?

"False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information". Plus, people like to repeat information that seems to affirm their beliefs.

The study provides a variety of ways of quantifying this phenomenon: For instance, false news stories are 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than true stories are.

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