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David G. Rand
🚨Working paper alert!🚨 "Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online" We introduce a behavioral intervention (accuracy salience) & show in surveys+field exp w >5k Twitter users that it increases quality of news sharing
What makes people spread misinformation? Research[WP👍] by
et al suggests it is due to distraction by other motives, rather than intentional. Inducing people to think about accuracy decreases their sharing of false and misleading news
Awesome new experiment on misinformation sharing from
and Ziv Epstein. A compelling counter to the argument that politics has come to trump truth. cc
Interesting research on why people spread misinformation online (usually not because they don't know or don't care) and a practical intervention to reduce it.
Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online
Consistent with past work (
), we find that people are fairly decent at distinguishing true from false (“fake news”) COVID-19 content. Note the big gap between true and false in terms of belief here (red arrow).
David G. Rand
Here, we don't. But in our prior Twitter field experiment, we find that the treatment only increases quality of subsequent RTs-without-comment (which are pretty clearly endorsements most of the time; as well as being more automatic/less thoughtout)
We know from past work that people almost unilaterally *say* that they really care about only sharing accurate content. So it’s unlikely that most people endorse sharing things that they know to be false. From