Cambridge scientists consider fake news ‘vaccine’ – BBC News

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The appearance of fake bulletin on websites and social media has inspired scientists to develop a “vaccine” to immunise parties against the problem.

A University of Cambridge study lay mental tools to target happening distortion.

Researchers hint “pre-emptively exposing” readers to a small “dose” of the misinformation can help organisations cancel out sham claims.

Stories on the US election and Syria are among those to have caused concern.

“Misinformation can be sticky, spreading and replicating like a virus, ” said the University of Cambridge study’s extend author Dr Sander van der Linden.

“The idea is to provide a cognitive range that helps build up resist to misinformation, so the next time parties come across it they are less susceptible.”

The study, published in the publication Global Challenges, was conducted as a cloaked experiment.

More than 2,000 US citizens were presented with two allegations about global warming.

The investigates say when presented consecutively, the influence well-established knowledge had on parties were cancelled out by bogus allegations made by campaigners.

But when information was combined with misinformation, in the form of a caution, the fake bulletin had less resonance.

Fabricated storeys alleging the Pope was backing Donald Trump and his Democratic competitive Hillary Clinton sold artilleries to the so-called Islamic State group were read and shared by millions of Facebook customers during the US election campaign.

The world’s largest social network later announced brand-new pieces to help combat fabricated bulletin storeys, and there is pressing on Google and Twitter to do more to tackle the issue.

Meanwhile, German officials have reportedly proposed creating a special authority legion to combat fake bulletin in the run-up to this year’s general election, while a senior Labour MP only last week cautionedthat British politics risks being “infected by the contagion”.


What is fake bulletin?

The deliberate constructing up of bulletin storeys to clown or entertain is good-for-nothing brand-new. But the reaching of social media has symbolized real and imaginary storeys are now presented in such a similar route that it can sometimes be difficult to tell the two apart.

There are the thousands of fake bulletin websites out there, from those which purposely reproduce real life newspapers, to government publicity areas, and even those which trample the line between wit and grassland misinformation, sometimes employ someone who suit political ends.

The rise and rise of fake bulletin

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