Misinformation or fake news is not easy to spot on Facebook - Manipur Stories

Misinformation or fake news is not easy to spot on Facebook - Manipur Stories

Misinformation or fake news is not easy to spot on Facebook - Manipur Stories

Misinformation or fake news is not easy to spot on Facebook, according to a study which suggests that the social networking site muddies the waters between fact and fiction.

In the study, published on Tuesday in the journal Management Information Systems Quarterly, participants were fitted with a wireless electroencephalography (EEG) headset which tracked their brain activity during exercise.

They were asked to read political news headlines presented as they would appear in a Facebook feed and determine their credibility.

The participants assessed only 44 per cent correctly, overwhelmingly selecting headlines that aligned with their own political beliefs as true, the researchers said.

"We all believe that we are better than the average person at detecting fake news, but that's simply not possible," said lead author Patricia Moravec, an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin in the US.

"The environment of social media and our own biases make us all much worse than we think," Moravec said in a statement.

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