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