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Fake news propagates six times faster on Twitter

Mar 12, 2018, 8:30 AM EDT
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A study by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzed 126,000 rumors and fake news stories on Twitter, only to conclude that falsehood travels six times faster than truth and humans, not the bots, are the real culprits.

Professor Sinan Aral, one of the study's co-authors, said that humans actively re-tweet fake news as it appears more novel and surprising, writes the BBC.

Alarmingly, true stories barely reach more than 1,000 users on Twitter while the fake ones easily propagate to up to 100,000 people, notes PBS. The finding also absolved bots of favoring any one type of news story, fake or real, over the other.

 

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