Huge MIT Study of ‘Fake News’: Falsehoods Win on Twitter - The Atlantic


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Twitter users seem almost to prefer sharing falsehoods. Even when the researchers controlled for every difference between the accounts originating rumors—like whether that person had more followers or was verified—falsehoods were still 70 percent more likely to get retweeted than accurate news.

And blame for this problem cannot be laid with our robotic brethren. From 2006 to 2016, Twitter bots amplified true stories as much as they amplified false ones, the study found. Fake news prospers, the authors write, “because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.”
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8 weeks ago by hearvox
Twitter users seem almost to prefer sharing falsehoods.

Second, fake news evokes much more emotion than the average tweet.

First, fake news seems to be more “novel” than real news.

It consistently reaches a larger audience, and it tunnels much deeper into social networks than real news does.

Any platform that regularly amplifies engaging or provocative content runs the risk of amplifying fake news along with it.
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10 weeks ago by corrales
“The key takeaway is really that content that arouses strong emotions spreads further, faster, more deeply, and more broadly on Twitter”
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12 weeks ago by frankfarm
via Pocket - The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News - Added March 11, 2018 at 04:34PM Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app.
march 2018 by peteyreplies
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.
march 2018 by alykat
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app.…
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march 2018 by alphex
Favorite tweet: holden

So this study is great. But here's the caveat as best as i can express it: it is limited by a fake news version of survivor bias. https://t.co/qA7CulZlTA

— Mike Caulfield is tired, so tired. (@holden) March 12, 2018

http://twitter.com/holden/status/973258998362157056
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march 2018 by tswaterman
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.


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.

“It seems to be pretty clear [from our study] that false information outperforms true information,” said Soroush Vosoughi, a data scientist at MIT who has studied fake news since 2013 and who led this study. “And that is not just because of bots. It might have something to do with human nature.”
march 2018 by jbenton
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.
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march 2018 by craniac
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of…
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march 2018 by peterjblack
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. via Pocket
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march 2018 by wai2k
Ik kan niet zeggen dat ik verbaasd ben. "Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information."
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march 2018 by mvuijlst
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. via Pocket
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march 2018 by drewcaldwell
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of…
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march 2018 by spinnerin
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of…
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march 2018 by rboone
Favorite tweet:

“A false story reaches 1,500 people six times quicker, on average, than a true story does.” https://t.co/Ye38SzrCyQ

— Adrienne LaFrance (@AdrienneLaF) March 9, 2018
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march 2018 by chetan
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.
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march 2018 by ianis
“Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information.” https://t.co/BTv9cVVTf4 #literacy pic.twitter.com/cZ9FpO41A0

— Will Richardson (@willrich45) March 9, 2018
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march 2018 by willrichardson
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. via Pocket
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march 2018 by Werderbach
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift once wrote. It was hyperbole three centuries ago. But it is a factual description of…
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march 2018 by mathewi
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march 2018 by LibrariesVal
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. It was hyperbole three centuries ago.
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march 2018 by cronco
Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating farther, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. It was hyperbole three centuries ago.
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march 2018 by dougleigh
The massive new study analyzes every contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million English-speaking 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.
march 2018 by hakan