Posted by: bluesyemre | May 17, 2018

#FakeNews: Wide Reach but Little Impact, Study Suggests

Fake news evolved from seedy internet sideshow to serious electoral threat so quickly that behavioral scientists had little time to answer basic questions about it, like who was reading what, how much real news they also consumed and whether targeted fact-checking efforts ever hit a target.

Sure, surveys abound, asking people what they remember reading. But these are only as precise as the respondents’ shifty recollections and subject to a malleable definition of “fake.” The term “fake news” itself has evolved into an all-purpose smear, used by politicians and the president to deride journalism they don’t like.

Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election

Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign


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