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“Just one previous exposure is enough to make information seem more credible.”
After getting replies that debunked false political news they’d shared, users were more likely to share low-quality news.
Plus: A thorough report on why social media is not biased against conservatives, and TikTok takes new steps to reduce the spread of unverified videos.
Plus: Emphasizing a publisher’s name on social doesn’t seem to impact readers’ misinfo radar much one way or the other.
Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here they collect the best of 2019, including research into the effectiveness of fact-checking, why people are susceptible to fake news, and the changing volume of misinformation on social media.
Plus: “Subtly inducing people to think about the concept of accuracy decreases their sharing of false and misleading news relative to accurate news,” and the scariest deepfakes of all.
“Highly emotionally provocative information stands a stronger chance of lingering in our minds and being incorporated into long-term memory banks.”
Plus: Real-life consequences after you get harassed online, watching your boyfriend become radicalized, and what is Fox News, exactly?
Plus: A trove of Russian Facebook ads, “antecedents of bullshit,” and a week with Radio Sputnik.
Plus: “Women over 65 years write very rude things on the internet.”