Fear, surprise, disgust: Fake news spreads faster than some real news on Twitter

“It’s easier to be novel and surprising when you’re not bound by reality.”It’s not bots. It’s us. A paper published on Thursday in Science (it’s the cover story) by MIT’s Soroush VosoughiDeb Roy, and Sinan Aral tracks the spread of fake and real news tweets and finds that fake news both reached more people than the truth and spread faster than the truth — BUT there are caveats about the “true” news here: It was mostly news that had been fact-checked by outlets like Snopes and PolitiFact, not some of the legit-crazy real stuff that’s been in the headlines of the nation’s largest papers recently.

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