Small Numbers Spread Fake Information

On Twitter, limited number of characters spreading fake info

Seth Borenstein | AP in the Washington Post | January 24, 2019
Reporting on research published in the journal Science by Dr. David Lazer, profession of political and computer science.

– 16,000 U.S. Twitter accounts reviewed – 16 of these accounts tweeted out nearly 80% of the misinformation masquerading as news

– Misinformation “super sharers” flood Twitter: an average of 308 pieces of fakery each between Aug. 1 and Dec. 6 in 2016

– “The vast majority of people are exposed to very little fake news despite the fact that there’s a concerted effort to push it into the system”

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