Tag "misinformation"

Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online

Authors: Gordon Pennycook, Ziv Epstein, Mohsen Mosleh, Antonio Arechar, Dean Eckles, David Rand Abstract The spread of false and misleading news on social media is of great societal concern. Why do people share such content, and what can be done about it? In a first survey experiment (N=1,015), we demonstrate a disconnect between accuracy judgments and sharing intentions: even though true headlines are rated as much more accurate than false

“Troubling”: High school students (like most people) are not good at evaluating misinformation

By Christine Schmidt, for Nieman Lab Sad non-surprise: Young people are not great — actually are kind of terrible — at evaluating digital sources on the internet, new research from Stanford found. But remember, this isn’t just young people, as some of the same Stanford researchers discovered that highly educated people are pretty bad at it too. Setting aside any and all “ok boomer” stereotypes that could come through this

Wriggling out of accountability: Misinformation, evasion, and the informational problem of live TV interviews

By Michael J. Socolow, for The Conversation The great interrogations of TV news history didn’t happen live. “There’s one option that could be considered by these programs: not inviting guests who will mislead audiences with provably inaccurate information.” First, it happened on Fox News. Chris Wallace asked White House adviser Stephen Miller about the president’s decision to use private lawyers “to get information from the Ukrainian government rather than go

Dictionary.com chooses ‘Misinformation’ as word of the year

By VoANews Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com‘s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times. Jane Solomon, a linguist-in-residence at Dictionary, said in a recent interview that her site’s choice of “mis” over “dis” was deliberate, intended to serve as a “call to action” to be vigilant in the

«Maydan» tax does not exist.

There is a rumor in the East of Ukraine amongst employees of government financed organizations and employees of plants and mines that belong to SCM/MIH/DTEK Holdings about a “Maydan repair tax”. The amounts vary from source to source – 10%, 30%, 2 days salary, etc. That is why the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine officially stated that they never made such decision. They said “If this tax would

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