Why does it seem that everywhere you turn these days, you encounter fake
news. It’s not fake just because the president calls stuff “fake news”
or because of your own imagination. The amount of actual fake
information has exploded because fake news is easy to make and easy to
spread. Anyone can put content online with no journalistic integrity or
editorial oversight. And humans are known to spread and amplify fake
news when they share on social media. They share it if the headline and
cover image fit their worldview, without actually reading the article,
much less verifying the authenticity of its content. Fake news often
appears plausible; and often it is even indistinguishable from satire
(rightmost example in the screen shots below). Studies have shown that
bad news travels faster and spreads wider than real news, which is often
boring, because it is factual and not sensationalized."
Via Hank G, who wrote "Related to the link I shared earlier on the
speed/depth of disinformation and conspiracy spread on social media…"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics
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