Everyone is too Distracted to Stop Sharing Fake News, Study Shows
"Echo chambers, confirmation bias and ignorance. When explaining why
fake news spreads on social media, we can be quick to blame the personal
qualities of other people. But don’t be so hasty to point the finger at
others for the popularity of false information on Facebook and Twitter.
New research shows that everyone is prone to sharing less-than-truthful
news when dealing with a never-ending stream of updates.
The scientists found that when the news cycle is packed to the brim,
people will struggle to discriminate between fact-based stories and fake
news on social media. This consequence is inherently built into how
social media platforms work, according to the study published Monday in Nature Human Behavior, and may also explain popularity bias in modern journalism."