Are Lies More Interesting?
Updated: Jan 21
According to a MIT study (2018) , false news shared on Twitter spreads "significantly farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth." In addition, the study also found that humans, and not bots, are more likely to spread false news.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) set out to determine how true and false information spread differently across social media, and to what extent human judgment plays a role. Their findings suggest that Twitter users are more likely to share and amplify false news, because such stories are more novel — and therefore shareable — than factual stories.
This CBC news report gives some further details on the study.