My colleagues and I released a new study today that provides evidence that a game can help people spot fake news. Though spreading misinformation is incredibly easy, spotting and resisting it is much more difficult. I know what you’re thinking: “Not me—I won’t be duped by fake news!” But how confident are you in your ability to differentiate between true and false information? Chances are—like the rest of us—you are worse at it than you’d like to think. Consider the following headline from World News Daily Report:“Elderly woman accused of training her 65 cats to steal from neighbors.” Real or fake? Perhaps it sounds too ridiculous to be true, but so do many things these days. The headline is completely fake, of course, and although it may seem obvious, this wasn’t the case for the more than 700,000 individuals who shared this rather bizarre story of a crazy cat lady on Facebook! Though this example may be humorous and mostly harmless, we are just as easily (or even more easily) deceived when fake news articles touch on hot-button issues we care about. In fact, the spread of misinformation has led to serious consequences, ranging from societal misconceptions around climate change and vaccinations to… Read full this story
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