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Princeton: Simple interventions can help people spot false headlines

Simple interventions can help people spot false headlines

“The avalanche of online content available to people around the world has outpaced humans’ ability to separate fact from what can be highly toxic and even dangerous fiction.

But helping people identify nefarious information online might be possible through inexpensive digital-media literacy outreach, according to a Princeton University-led study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

A team of researchers studied Facebook’s efforts to educate users on how to spot misinformation. After being exposed to tips on how to spot misinformation, people in the United States and India were less likely to say a false  was true.

The researchers also found, however, that people’s ability to spot erroneous information weakened over time, leading the authors to conclude that  needs to be taught with regularity.”

More information: Andrew M. Guess el al., “A digital media literacy intervention increases discernment between mainstream and false news in the United States and India,” PNAS (2020).

Posted on: June 27, 2020, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized