Here’s how misinformation multiplies on Twitter in the midst of a disaster

Published May 22, 2018

An article on Metro reports on UB research that showed that most people on Twitter who share false information don’t correct or delete their erroneous tweets, helping them spread even more, and interviews Jun Zhuang, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering.

“We only studied people who did engage with the false information spreading, and found that about 90 percent of them just retweet it, spreading the misinformation without any confirmation or questioning,” he said. …"These findings are important because they show how easily people are deceived during times when they are most vulnerable,” he said, “and the role social media platforms play in these deceptions.”

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