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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

False information spread on the Internet faster truthful, researchers found

A panel of experts representing mit, found that untrue news “overfly” the Internet is many times faster than those that reflect real events. Anyway. So the situation is in the case with the popular microblogging service Twitter, the researchers said.

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The researchers analyzed information distributed by approximately three million Twitter accounts, paying attention to the “big” news, some of which reflect real events, while others were “fakes”. Professionals interested in 2016, because in this period was conducted presidential elections in the United States, accompanied by a large number of really interesting events and the birth of many “ducks”, received wide distribution. As it turned out, a false report gained over a thousand views on average six times faster than true.

Experts also note that in this trend, contrary to what some people do not blame the so-called bots — programs, reprints certain tweets automatically. As it turned out, the dissemination of truthful and false reports, these mechanisms are about the same. The huge popularity of false news, in all likelihood, can be explained by several features of human psychology. Accounts that do not correspond to reality the news came, had a greater number of very “real” subscribers, no matter how often those who lead, not caught in a lie. Moreover, the news were false, often caused active discussion, which also contributes to their rapid spread.

Experts came to the conclusion that while finding information on the Internet people should pay as much attention to finding the source of certain messages to more objectively represent whether the facts are true.

The study was published in the journal Science.

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