There's a related dynamic in my paper about fake news transmission via social media.
Regina’s views about retweets are super interesting
People believe #fakenews because it is presented to them via testimony. Most of us typically accept testimony from others, all else equal. But an epistemic practice of uncritically accepting testimony is primed for abuse by liars and #bullshitters.
Internet #mobbing and #fakenews both exploits otherwise reasonable practices of information transmission. Ending it will require institutional change.
Social media sharing has features that reduce audience willingness to think critically or check facts. Shared partisan affiliation encourages testimony recipients to grant more credibility to testifiers than would otherwise be warranted.
Hey dude - did we have a convo ages ago about whether retweeting is a kind of assertion? Just looking at this and had a vague memory
Regina Rini on “fake news”.
Fascinating analysis of fake news, explains why "retweets aren't endorsements" does not really work. Are we endorsing what we tweet? It seems we are unless trouble emerges (e.g., the story is fake). Social media sharing is ambiguous.
Fake News and Partisan Epistemology - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal