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Friday, March 09, 2018

Who knew?

So, a lie really is half-way around the world before Truth can get its boots on?

Today, the journal Science has published a study validating this pattern — at least when it comes to the spread of misinformation on Twitter. The study analyzed millions of tweets sent between 2006 and 2017 and came to this chilling conclusion: “Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information.” It also found that “the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information.”

Isn't science wonderful?  What will they think of next?  I hear "fire" is an intriguing concept.....


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

The idea that "more speech" was an effective antidote to broadcast lies is one of the stupidest things that the American left was ever sold on. There is nothing terrible in American politics that didn't start with lies told on behalf of greed.

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