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“Some participants even developed false memories about the fake stories they had read…’Remembering’ previously hearing a fake COVID-19 story seemed to make some people in our study more likely to act in a certain way.”
Plus: “Partisanship turned out to be the strongest predictor of Americans’ knowledge, even surpassing education,” and how local news organizations fought Covid-19 misinformation in their communities.
After getting replies that debunked false political news they’d shared, users were more likely to share low-quality news.
Americans who share fake news on social media might not lack media literacy skills. Chances are they don’t stop to check accuracy, a new study suggests.
Plus: The rural-urban divide in news and politics, when journalists see themselves as villains, the effect of errors on media trust, and more.
By arguing with a message, you are spreading it further. This matters, because if more people see it, or see it more often, it will have an even greater effect.
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Mike Lee says fact-checking is a form of censorship, and Wikipedia explains how it plans to fight Election Day misinformation.
The far-right site The Gateway Pundit was by far was the most-shared fake news domain; in some months, its stories were shared almost as often as stories from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.
“Even when companies are handed misinformation on a silver platter, they fail to act.”
“The more often participants had heard a statement, the more likely they were to attribute it to Consumer Reports rather than the National Enquirer.”