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Fake news spreads faster than true news on Twitter-thanks to people, not bots
by Katie Langin
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8 March 2018
On 8 March 2018 Science reported:
From Russian 'bots' to charges of fake news, headlines are awash in stories about dubious information going viral. You might think that bots -- automated systems that can share information online -- are to blame. But a new study shows that people are the prime culprits when it comes to the propagation of misinformation through social networks. And they're good at it, too: Tweets containing falsehoods reach 1,500 people on Twitter six times faster than truthful tweets, the research reveals.
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They [Soroush Vosoughi, a data scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his team] found that whereas the truth rarely reached more than 1000 Twitter users, the most pernicious false news stories ... routinely reached well over 10,000 people. False news propagated faster and wider for all forms of news -- but the problem was particularly evident for political news, the team reports today in Science.
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