Can You Believe It? On Twitter, False Stories Are Shared More Widely Than True Ones

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"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." Mark Twain said that. Actually, it was Winston Churchill. Oh, wait! He didn't say it either. But you can find fairly credible looking sources that attribute those words to one of those two famous men. Whoever said it, a study on how news travels on Twitter confirms the basic truth of the quote. But on Twitter, lies spread a lot faster. "The sheer vastness of the difference in the speed, breadth, (and) depth that false news spread compared to the truth was surprising," says Sinan Aral, one of the authors of the study. Aral, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, says false stories on Twitter are 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than the true ones. And...

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Can You Believe It? On Twitter, False Stories Are Shared More Widely Than True Ones

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