Thursday, 20 September, 2018

False news travels much faster than true news

Trump fake news Fake news travels faster than truth
Ellis Copeland | 12 March, 2018, 21:26

According to the study, false news stories are 70 per cent more likely to be retweeted than true stories are.

"It took the truth about six times as long as falsehood to reach 1,500 people".

In further analysis of the data, the researchers took out information spread by automated social media accounts, or "bots", and found that the findings still stood when these programmed accounts were removed.

By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories.

"False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information", one of the study's co-authors, Professor Sinan Aral, quantified.

Researchers looked at 126,000 stories on Twitter, tweeted by around 3.5 million users more than 4.5 million times between 2006 and 2017.

Of the 126,000 cascades, politics comprised the biggest news category, with about 45,000, followed by urban legends, business, terrorism, science, entertainment, and natural disasters.

Deb Roy, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab and director of the Media Lab's Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), said: "These findings shed new light on fundamental aspects of our online communication ecosystem". "Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust".

Huawei launches Honor 7C with Snapdragon 450 and 4 GB of RAM
The device will be backed by a 2,900mAh non-removable battery and might not support fast charging technology. It is priced t 899 yuan for 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and 1299 yuan for 4GB RAM with 64GB version.


Kylie Jenner Opens Up About Pregnancy With Stormi In Fan Q&A
She also revealed that she told sister Khloe Kardashian , 33, first about her pregnancy and said it was a "perfect experience". She added that Stormi hasn't laughed yet but is smiling a lot at the moment, and she can't get over her baby's "little toes ".


Google to rebrand Android Wear as 'Wear OS'
Further when AndroidPolice ran up the tests, they failed to see the new changes on both regular and Incognito modes. Unlike its previous grey display background, the Android wear 2.8 now features a darker background display.


The most common subject matter was false political news.

In the study, Aral started with around 3000 stories which were classified as facts or fiction by some of the fact-checking companies like Snopes, PolitiFact, and FactCheck.

The problem we are facing, Pennycook said, is that people going through the checkout aisle know the supermarket tabloids aren't hard, vetted news - but on Twitter and Facebook everything looks the same.

In a related study about fake news, carried out at Northeastern University in Boston, the authors highlighted the fact that people often prefer to believe and share information that supports their own preexisting views, exacerbating the problem. Almost two-thirds were false, just under one-fifth were true, and the rest were mixed.

The wide-ranging study was concerned with how so-called "fake news", deliberately falsified news stories based off pure fabrication or poorly authenticated sources, spread so rapidly over the internet.

So while the researchers "cannot claim that novelty causes retweets" by itself, as they state in the paper, the surprise people register when they see false news fits with the idea that the novelty of falsehoods may be an important part of their propagation. Aral says the result is "very scary" in civic terms, while Roy is a bit more sanguine. "What I'm saying is that human beings have more responsibility than we may have thought, and that actually changes the way that we would think about solutions".

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also found that fake news was more commonly re-tweeted by humans than bots.

Recommended

  • Apple Buys Texture Digital Magazine Service in Subscription Push

    Apple Buys Texture Digital Magazine Service in Subscription Push

    Cue is senior vice president of Internet software and services for Apple. Access great stories, classic recipes, and more from years past.
    Features Make the 2019 Ford Mustang California Special - Special

    Features Make the 2019 Ford Mustang California Special - Special

    Cabin-wise, those looking to get the California Special should expect black Miko suede seats with red stitching. The 2019 Ford Mustang - including Ford's brand-new addition to the GT/CS lineage - goes on sale this summer.

    Confirmed: Ireland crowned Six Nations champions as England lose

    England struggled at the breakdown but Daly landed a 53-metre penalty to double their advantage midway through the first half. This was a real game of attrition and while the backline remained shackled, the match was won and lost at the breakdown.
  • Karti Chidambaram moves Delhi HC seeking bail

    Karti Chidambaram moves Delhi HC seeking bail

    A Delhi court on Monday sent Karti Chidambaram to judicial custody till March 24 in the INX Media case, ANI reported. Karti was arrested on his return from the United Kingdom in connection with the FIR lodged on May 15 a year ago .
    Photos Of Tom Brady's Hand Injury During The Playoffs Have Leaked

    Photos Of Tom Brady's Hand Injury During The Playoffs Have Leaked

    If the sight of blood makes you queasy, then you're going to want to leave this story now because things are about to get bloody. Well, we now know how bad the injury was, and let's just say it was gruesome. "It's been such a great love for me".
    Michael Hand captured — COLD CASE ARREST

    Michael Hand captured — COLD CASE ARREST

    Hand was charged as a fugitive from justice based on an arrest warrant issued for the murder of Gilpin, according to police. The Medical Examiner ruled she died from a massive skull fracture and the manner of her death was ruled to be a homicide .
  • Deadly explosion in Austin kills teen, injures woman

    Deadly explosion in Austin kills teen, injures woman

    Police said they have reclassified that investigation as a homicide, and can not rule out that the two explosions aren't related. Police did not identify the teenager or the woman and have not released any details about Monday's package.
    Stormy Daniels Appears to Have the Goods on Trump

    Stormy Daniels Appears to Have the Goods on Trump

    The details of Trump's potential legal action against " 60 Minutes " were detailed in a Buzzfeed report . The suit claims the agreement is not valid because it does not carry the president's signature .
    India's retail inflation eases to 4.44 percent in February

    India's retail inflation eases to 4.44 percent in February

    The mining sector, however, registered negligible growth of 0.1 per cent, as compared to 8.6 per cent rise in January past year . It had increased its inflation projection to 4.3-4.7% in H2FY18 as compared to its earlier projections of 4.2-4.6%.
  • Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

    Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

    Last season's Europa League triumph completed Carrick's sweep of domestic and European club trophies. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.
    Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

    Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

    Insurgents in Afghanistan have occupied a region headquarters in western Farah district, according to an official. The CEO also said in order to achieve peace, political tension in the country needs to be resolved.
    Infinix Note 4 Official Android 8.1 Oreo Update

    Infinix Note 4 Official Android 8.1 Oreo Update

    It has been confirmed that the latest open beta program will bring in Android 8.1 Oreo update for the OnePlus 5 and 5t devices. The latest beta update, just like the previous one has been rolled out to beta testers of both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T .

Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Lights Coming in July Philips Hue Outdoor Smart Lights Coming in July Another bulb, the Calla (see the theme?), is priced at $129.99 and is meant to be installed in walkways and paths. Other products in the outdoor range are called Lucca, Tuar, Turaco and Ludere and will start at $49.99.

Xbox One S and X Gaining AMD Radeon FreeSync Support Xbox One S and X Gaining AMD Radeon FreeSync Support By introducing this feature, Microsoft is removing a pain point for anyone who uses their TV for gaming and watching movies. The first episode had details on Sea of Thieves , PixArk , and the Xbox version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds .

Iowa's unemployment rate steady at 2.9 percent Iowa's unemployment rate steady at 2.9 percent The number of people classified as unemployed declined to a seasonally adjusted 96,678, the lowest figure since February 2000. Indiana's unemployment rate ended at 3.3 percent for December which was lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

Google Doodle celebrates 180th birth anniversary of Sir William Henry Perkin Google Doodle celebrates 180th birth anniversary of Sir William Henry Perkin Until the mid-1800s, purple clothing was hard to come by and restricted only to those who could afford the expensive fabrics. The Doodle celebrates the 180th birthday of Perkins, who was knighted in 1906 because of his marvellous discovery.

49ers' Richard Sherman: Recent release has 'reignited' fire inside him 49ers' Richard Sherman: Recent release has 'reignited' fire inside him But the trade-off is enormous , because it locks him into $9.05 million per season in 2019 and '20. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 29-3. "It's a little odd to put on a different jersey in general".

Kawhi Leonard: Could return vs. Pelicans Kawhi Leonard: Could return vs. Pelicans After fears that he would miss the season, Kawhi Leonard may return to the Spurs lineup in time to face the streaking Pelicans. Leonard, 26, also played down reports that his camp had requested a trade out of the Spurs .

Sushma Swaraj ticks off Naresh Agarwal for controversy comments on Jaya Bachchan Sushma Swaraj ticks off Naresh Agarwal for controversy comments on Jaya Bachchan He expressed his affection for SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, saying he could never leave them. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachhan ji are improper and unacceptable", she posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Kate shows off royal baby bump in blue at Commonwealth Day service Kate shows off royal baby bump in blue at Commonwealth Day service The Commonwealth Service is the largest inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and is now being televised on the BBC. Next month, Commonwealth will be kicking off it's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, beginning April 4.

Salesforce and Dropbox strike integration deal Salesforce and Dropbox strike integration deal Investors are sure to have questions for the file-sharing technology leader as it embarks on its marketing road show. The San Francisco-based company reported $1.1 billion in revenue past year , with a net loss of $111 million.

Goldman Names Solomon as next in line to replace CEO Blankfein Goldman Names Solomon as next in line to replace CEO Blankfein Before that, he served as Goldman's chief financial officer and quarterbacked the firm's transition to tougher regulation. Mostly he has doubled down on the trading and risk-taking that otherwise fell out of favor across much of Wall Street.

Childcare worker jailed after drugging kids to 'go tanning' Childcare worker jailed after drugging kids to 'go tanning' Officers watched as parents dropped off their children and then saw Neatherlin drive away hours later, authorities said. She also conceded to overheating a bottle of milk resulting in giving a child burns.

WWE Released A Statement About Jeff Hardy's Arrest As More Details Emerged WWE Released A Statement About Jeff Hardy's Arrest As More Details Emerged Soon after news of Jeff Hardy's arrest for DWI stormed the internet , Matt posted a rather unsympathetic message to Twitter. It was estimated by police that Hardy caused $8,000 of damage to his 2016 Cadillac and $5,000 to the guardrail itself.

Cheaper 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June Cheaper 13-inch Retina MacBook Coming in June According to a report published today by DigiTimes , Apple is readying a new entry level MacBook laptop for release in June. Meanwhile, suppliers have recently begun shipping components for an upgraded iPad Pro and a new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.

Expected to be released, will Seahawks pursue Ndamukong Suh? Expected to be released, will Seahawks pursue Ndamukong Suh? According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington , Suh is to be released from the team, with a formal release that may happen on Wednesday. However, the Dolphins will also be forced to take on dead cap hits of $9.1 million and $13.1 million over the next two years.

Rex Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington Rex Tillerson cuts short Africa trip to return to Washington Tillerson, who has been on a five-day working tour of some African countries, had visited Nairobi and Kenya on Friday. The State Department said Tillerson was forced to skip out on some events Saturday, after not feeling well.