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False news stories are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than true ones -- and people, not bots, appear to be to blame
There is worldwide concern over false news and the possibility that it can influence political, economic, and social well-being. To understand how false news spreads, Vosoughi et al. used a data set of rumor cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. About 126,000 rumors were spread by ∼3 million people. False news reached more people than the truth; the top 1% of false news cascades diffused to between 1000 and 100,000 people, whereas the truth rarely diffused to more than 1000 people. Falsehood also diffused faster than the truth. The degree of novelty and the emotional reactions of recipients may be responsible for the differences observed. Science , this issue p. [1146][1] [1]: /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aap9559
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Conservative Twitter accounts complain of lost followers in apparent bot purge
Conservative Twitter users claim they woke up to find thousands of followers were gone and accused Twitter of secretly stripping accounts.
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11 days ago by joeybaker
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