Saturday, April 1, 2017

Why people fall for fake news from DNews/Seeker for April Fools Day

Happy April Fools Day!  Today is a day known for fake news.  To prepare my readers for the onslaught of bogus news stories meant to amuse and deceive, I'm sharing Your Gullible Brain And The Spread Of Fake News from DNews/Seeker.

Researchers think they've figured out why some people easily believe things that aren't true.
"Erroneous beliefs are difficult to correct. Worse, popular correction strategies may backfire and further increase the spread and acceptance of misinformation. People evaluate the truth of a statement by assessing its compatibility with other things they believe, its internal consistency, amount of supporting evidence, acceptance by others, and the credibility of the source."
Here's to figuring out the hoaxes intended for entertainment, then using the same skills to protect oneself from the fake news with more serious intent than mere amusement.

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