Misinformation travels faster than true information, amirite?

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Yes, this is exactly correct, great post.

"“We found that falsehood diffuses significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth, in all categories of information, and in many cases by an order of magnitude,” says Sinan Aral"


I'd also look up Brandolini's law, troll factories, troll farms, gish gallop, Steve Bannon's infamous quote on flooding the zone, the conspiracy theory handbook linked below, and the disinformation dozen.

I have basically devoted a large portion of my life to studying misinformation and disinformation. That lie has the advantage over truth. On some level, I don't know why everyone doesn't think the Earth is flat, lol. :)


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Falsehood will fly, as it were, on the wings of the wind, and carry its tales to every corner of the earth; whilst truth lags behind; her steps, though sure, are slow and solemn, and she has neither vigour nor activity enough to pursue and overtake her enemy…

-Thomas Francklin 1787

Tell that to the media 😂

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