March 28, 2019

IT WAS COMEY, NOT VLAD:

Study: Social Media Has Little Impact on User Beliefs (MATTHEW RENDA, 3/27/19, CN) 

The commonly held narrative regarding social media and the 2016 presidential election is that the platforms were a den of misinformation, breeding fake news and building echo chambers. But a study published Wednesday finds Facebook and Twitter - both the focus of vitriol immediately after the election and since - actually have little influence on how much people believed falsehoods about candidates.

In fact, the researchers say Facebook in particular reduced users' misperceptions compared to people who only consumed information via other social media platforms.

Posted by at March 28, 2019 3:55 AM

  

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