News on How Misinformation Spreads

This article explores how much memes like urban legends succeed on the basis of informational selection (i.e., truth or a moral lesson) and emotional selection (i.e., the ability to evoke emotions like anger, fear, or disgust). The article focuses on disgust because its elicitors have been precisely described. In Study 1, with controls for informational […]

The study of information-sharing cascades has been a constant endeavor since the emergence of social networks. Internet memes which mostly consist of catchphrases, viral images, or small videos shared over the social network are notorious for attracting the users’ attention and spreading through the web in a fast fashion. Misinformation propagators latch their message to […]

“What will fake content look like in five years? In 10?”

“Political Communication as a discipline has long been concerned with the interactions between media, citizens, and government. In 2019, both the media and democracy have fallen on hard times. We are facing hard questions about whether free speech can survive the rising tide of disinformation, whether a free press can sustain itself financially, and whether […]

“Join us for the 115th American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, August 29 – September 1, 2019, in Washington, DC, to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring the 2019 theme, “Populism and Privilege.”  APSA and the 2019 Program Chairs Amel Ahmed, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington, […]

“The mission of the first conference on Truth and Trust Online (TTO) is to bring together people working on automated approaches to augment manual efforts on improving the truthfulness and trustworthiness of online communications. Truth and Trust Online is organised as a unique collaboration between practitioners, technologists, academics and platforms. This year’s conference will be taking […]

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“From misleading news stories around the 2018 Brazil elections to a lynching linked to false social media messages in India in 2019, the deluge of digital disinformation is affecting communications in many countries around the world. The situation is particularly concerning in emerging democracies, where availability and affordability of digital communication technologies have facilitated production […]

Finding facts about fake news There was a proliferation of fake news during the 2016 election cycle. Grinberg et al. analyzed Twitter data by matching Twitter accounts to specific voters to determine who was exposed to fake news, who spread fake news, and how fake news interacted with factual news (see the Perspective by Ruths). […]

Viral products and ideas are intuitively understood to grow through a person-to-person diffusion process analogous to the spread of an infectious disease; however, until recently it has been prohibitively difficult to directly observe purportedly viral events, and thus to rigorously quantify or characterize their structural properties. Here we propose a formal measure of what we […]

The wide availability of user-provided content in online socialmedia facilitates the aggregation of people around common interests, worldviews, and narratives. However, the World Wide Web (WWW) also allows for the rapid dissemination of unsubstantiated rumors and conspiracy theories that often elicit rapid, large, but naive social responses such as the recent case of Jade Helm […]

Recent scholarship suggests that overreliance on social networks for news and public affairs is associated with the belief that one no longer needs to actively seek information. Instead, individuals perceive that the “news will find me” (NFM) and detach from the regular habit of traditional news consumption. This study examines effects of the NFM perception […]

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