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False stories travel faster on Twitter than the truth: study

NEW YORK: False information on the internet travels faster than the truth, researchers said Thursday. But contrary to popular belief, it is largely people who spread the misinformation, not robots. The report in the journal Science is the largest of its kind to date, and studied some 126,000 cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. These contested news stories were tweeted by three million people over 4.5 million times. To determine whether the news was true or false, researchers relied on six independent fact…