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Spark 264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age → 

Posted on 4 November 2014

A good episode all around, but the first interview with Craig Silverman of Emergent.Info should be required listening for journalists and pretty much everyone else. Delves into a lot of information about how people consume the news online. It also brings up fake news, such as a story about a town in the United States supposedly being quarantined because a family has Ebola.

“A fake story, completely no factual basis for it whatsoever, and they put it out there. And this got interactions- comments, likes and shares- in the hundreds of thousands. And it’s still going. And I found about five or six articles that actually debunked it…. and they had about less than a fifth of shares and interactions with their content.”

Sobering.

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