As noted here and in the next post, below, fake and false items spread faster on social media than truthful items. Based on widespread news reports, you’d think that bots and the Internet Research Agency were the primary cause but look again:
When they looked at who was spreading the wrong stuff, they found it was ordinary users of social media.
“We conclude that human behavior contributes more to the differential spread of falsity and truth than automated robots do,” they wrote.
Why retweet that post before you know whether it’s actually true?
Status, Aral said. “People who share novel information are seen as being in the know,” he said.
Ahhhh, its about virtue signaling our brilliance!
Source: Fake News: Lies spread faster on social media than truth does