How misinformations spreads through social media 0

 

How misinformations spreads through social media

The study tries to answer this question by analyzing how information related to two distinct narratives (scientific and conspiracy news) spreads through Facebook. The study found that, although consumers of scientific and conspiracy stories present similar consumption patterns with respect to content, cascade dynamics differ. Finally, the study introduces a data-driven percolation model mimicking rumor spreading and shows that homogeneity and polarization are the main determinants for predicting cascades’ size. There are several implications of the findings. First, it highlights the importance of understanding how information spreads in social media, especially given the potential impact of misinformation. Second, the findings suggest that echo chambers are a major contributor to the spread of misinformation. Finally, the study provides a data-driven model that can be used to predict the spread of rumors in social media. We have found that there are significant differences in how scientific and conspiracy news is consumed on Facebook. In particular, we found that conspiracy news is more likely to be shared within echo chambers. This has important implications for understanding how misinformation spreads in social media. It’s just a swipe away from me. So when you’re looking at your Facebook feed, and you see a story about a conspiracy theory, it’s more likely that that story came from an echo chamber. Read the full report: Fake News auf Instagram
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Do Bots, Trolls and Fakes influence our political opinion? Panel-Discussion with Lena Frischlich 0

Do Bots, Trolls and Fakes influence our political opinion? Panel-Discussion with Lena Frischlich

The Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in cooperation with Transparency International held a Panel-Discussion on Monday evening, November 27, 2017 on the topic of „opinions. media. manipulation.“ as part of the „Anti-Corruption-Day“.

In a time where social bots and „fake news“ and their influence on political elections are frequently discussed, this evening focused on the question: Is this a new and dangerous dimension of power corruptibility and manipulation?

Dr. Lena Frischlich was invited as an expert on the ecosystem of alternative media.

Other experts included Lisa-Maria Neudert (Oxford Internet Institute), Dr. Thomas Köcher (Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen) and Dr. Frank Schulte (Editor„buten und binnen“ Radio Bremen). These presented their research on the potential of manipulation through the internet, the relevance of fake news for opinion-forming and potential counter-strategies.

Here you can find the press release of Transparency International.

 

 

PropStop finds social bots during the German general election – TV magazine reports 0

PropStop finds social bots during the German general election – TV magazine reports

The PropStop project was able to detect the application of social bots by the party Freie Wähler during the German general election. The investigative TV magazine report München (ARD) reported on these findings and the general potential of manipulation via social media.

Link to TV clip (in German)

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