Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

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Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Post  dirge on Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:14 pm

In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to light, a disturbing revelation that threatens to undermine the country's democratic process. We're already seeing some real-world consequences. After fake news stories implicated a Washington, D.C. pizza shop as the site of a Clinton-coordinated child sex ring, a man wielding an AR-15 assault rifle entered the store on Dec. 4 to "investigate" and fired shots.

Much of the analysis, however, has focused on the people who create these false articles – whether it's teenagers in Macedonia or satirical news sites – and what Facebook and Google can do to prevent its dissemination.

http://www.livescience.com/57151-why-we-fall-for-fake-news.html

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Post  Flap Zappa on Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:52 am

some news may well be fake, however a bigger question is why did the MSM ignore so much of what did appear from the email dumps of the DNC and the project veritas investigation of DNC shady goings on.

Certainly project veritas was doing what traditional MSM investigative journalists should have been doing. Exposing the rot at the core of the DNC. Sadly too much of the MSM was entrenched within the DNC.
CNN might as well have been named the Clinton News Network for all the dodgy dealing that went on between them and clinton.

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Re: Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Post  dirge on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:12 am

@Flap Zappa wrote:some news may well be fake, however a bigger question is why did the MSM ignore so much of what did appear from the email dumps of the DNC and the project veritas investigation of DNC shady goings on.

Certainly project veritas was doing what traditional MSM investigative journalists should have been doing. Exposing the rot at the core of the DNC. Sadly too much of the MSM was entrenched within the DNC.
CNN might as well have been named the Clinton News Network for all the dodgy dealing that went on between them and clinton.

Eh?

Is that why none of the Republican emails hacked were not exposed?

So your bases for people buying into fake news stories is due to the bias of some of the media outlets.

This is about fake news, not biased media outlets and why people buy easily into bullshit of which I have proven you have done so countless times.

Like the absurd claim Clinton made money off uranian sales to the Russians

That being a prime example

But thanks again for proving what is the problem. People are happy to dismiss reliable media outlets. Of which even if biased can be cross referenced against others, researched etc but that people would rather buy any crap they read on twitter or facebook



When friends — and the self — become the source

When reading online news, the closest source is often one of our friends. Because we tend to trust our friends, our cognitive filters weaken, making a social media feed fertile ground for fake news to sneak into our consciousness.

The persuasive appeal of peers over experts is compounded by the fact that we tend to let our guard down even more when we encounter news in our personal space. Increasingly, most of our online destinations — whether they're portal sites (such as Yahoo News and Google News), social media sites, retail sites or search engines – have tools that allow us to customize the site, tailoring it to our own interests and identity (for example, choosing a profile photo or a news feed about one's favorite sports team).

Our research shows that internet users are less skeptical of information that appears in these customized environments. In an experiment published in the current issue of the journal Media Psychology, a former student, Hyunjin Kang, and I found that study participants who customized their own online news portal tended to agree with statements like "I think the interface is a true representation of who I am" and "I feel the website represents my core personal values."

We wanted to see if this enhanced identity changed how they processed information. So we introduced fake health news stories – about the negative effects of applying sunscreen and drinking pasteurized milk — into their portal.

We discovered that participants who had customized their news portal were less likely to scrutinize the fake news and more likely to believe it. What's more, they showed a higher tendency to act on the advice offered in the stories ("I intend to stop using sunscreen") and recommend that their friends do the same.

These findings explain why fake news thrives on Facebook and Twitter, social media sites where we're connected with our friends and have curated our own pages to reflect ourselves. Lulled into a false sense of security, we become less likely to scrutinize the information in front of us.

We can't distinguish between real news and fake news because we don't even question the credibility of the source of news when we are online. Why would we, when we think of ourselves or our friends as the source?

S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communication & Co-Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

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Re: Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Post  gelico on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:25 am




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBg4gRkq8lM


#fake news ??

as she says, breitbart/rebel are the ony ones reporting on this. while MSM discusses whether dogs should wear sweaters or whether air conditioning is sexist,,,,,

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Re: Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Post  dirge on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:32 am

@gelico wrote:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBg4gRkq8lM


#fake news ??

as she says, breitbart/rebel are the ony ones reporting on this.  while MSM discusses whether dogs should wear sweaters or whether air conditioning is sexist,,,,,


So let me get this straight.

There are thousands of rapes each year, of which countlss are not reported, but we always should report all the ones committed by migrants?

What really is the issue being promoted here Gelico?

The plight of the victim?

Or using the fact the criminal is a migrant, to then scapegoat countless of innocent migrant people through fear?

You have to be the most gullible I have come across after pizzagate, which nearly saw innocent people murdered based off this nonsense.

So you want honesty over crime, fine. Does that not mean reporting ever single crime or just the ones you want to be able to use to stoke up hate against minorities with?

Funnily enough I see stories on here about migrants that commit crime, reportd by the main media outlets. So why are these crimes by migrants on main stream media then Gelico, if they are not being reported?

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Re: Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Post  gelico on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:42 am

didge wrote:

So let me get this straight.



yeah, be sure to let me know if you ever do
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Re: Why Do We Fall for Fake News?

Post  dirge on Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:43 am

@gelico wrote:


yeah, be sure to let me know if you ever do

Wow what a very piss poor and quite irrelevant reply


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