Politicised trolling is worse than fake news

Online disinformation and the spread of deceptive political messages are pernicious, but they are not necessarily the worst abuse of social networks by governments and political actors.

Rational people are resistant to propaganda and irrational ones only consume messages that stroke their confirmation biases.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'Politicised trolling is worse than fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe