Why we fall for fake news on Facebook


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Researchers at Northeastern University’s Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems released a study recently trying to explain why some people readily believe fake news. The study said that those who are most vulnerable are people who mistrust mainstream media and put more weight on conspiracy theories. Researchers pointed out that “users with strong preferences for alternative information sources, perhaps motivated by the will to avoid the manipulation played by mainstream media controlled by the government, are more susceptible to false information.” They studied Facebook users among Italians leading up to the 2013 elections.

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