Fake news: Why we fall for it and what to do about it

Dave Rand


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Date: February 20, 2019


Why do people believe and share misinformation, including entirely fabricated news headlines (“fake news”) and biased or misleading coverage of actual events (“hyper-partisan” content)? The dominant narrative in the media and among academics is that we believe misinformation because we want to – that is, we engage in motivated reasoning, using our cognitive capacities to convince ourselves of the truth of statements that align with our political ideology rather than to undercover the truth. In a series of survey experiments using American participants, we challenge this account. […]

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Created: Wednesday, February 20th, 2019