My short essay about Facebook’s fake news problem, originally posted at The Conversation, has been picked up by Scientific American, the Associated Press, and several others. I also did a short television interview on CBC, and gave radio interviews to “Top of Mind with Julie Rose” and the “Matt Townsend Show“. It’s exciting to be reaching a larger audience with these ideas.
A brief article that I wrote about conspiracy theories for The Conversation was picked up Newsweek and Business Insider.
Emotions shape people’s beliefs. People who are angry are more likely to be biased, which can make them more susceptible to misperceptions. A recently published study coming out of this project suggests that partisan media are contributing to rising levels of hostility between citizen who disagree politically. The study used survey data collected in the US and Israel to show that more frequent exposure to politically slanted news sites lead to stronger dislike toward supports of the opposed party.
Full article: dx.doi.org/10.1111/hcre.12028
TechCrunch and TechNewsDaily have each published short profiles of our research examining the effectiveness of real-time corrections. Read them here:
UPDATED 1/30: There’s a new article over at FoxNews.com, too.
The blog at CrowdResearch.org, Follow the Crowd, features a short write up of our CSCW study today. You can check it out here: http://crowdresearch.org/blog/?p=4590