It's true: Fake news spreads faster - and humans are to blame

What if the scourge of false news on the Internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem is us?

People are the principal culprits, according to a new study examining the flow of stories on Twitter. And people, the study's authors also say, prefer false news. As a result, false news travels faster, farther and deeper through the social network than true news.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'It's true: Fake news spreads faster - and humans are to blame'. Print Edition | Subscribe