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Fake news

...The massive new study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor. By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories. The top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6380/1146

...A recent study did effectively debunk the stereotype that fake news tends to be shared more by uneducated people or those with right-leaning politics, as compared to other groups... Company did this by initially putting out two fake news stories - one from the left which falsely stated police had raided a protestors camp at Standing Rock and burnt it down, and the other from a right-wing website about false claims there was a congressional plot to oust Donald Trump. By using specialist software, the company's researchers then followed readers' online behaviour to get an idea of who and where they were. On the left if you're consuming fake news you're 34 times more likely than the general population to be a college graduate. On the right, you're 18 times more likely than the general population to to be in the top 20 percent of income earners. https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-39592010
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