07 Jul '18, 8am

Commentary: People who share misinformation online rarely fact-check

INDIANA: Social media are among the primary sources of news in the US and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content of questionable accuracy, including conspiracy theories, clickbait, hyperpartisan content, pseudo science and even fabricated “fake news” reports. It’s not surprising that there’s so much disinformation published: Spam and online fraud are lucrative for criminals, and government and political propaganda yield both partisan and financial benefits. Advertisement But the fact that low-credibility content spreads so quickly and easily suggests that people and the algorithms behind social media platforms are vulnerable to manipulation. Our research has identified three types of bias that make the social media ecosystem vulnerable to both intentional and accidental misinformation. BIAS IN THE BRAIN Cognitive biases originate in the way the brain processes ...

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