The truth hurts
It's definitive: When it comes to going on viral, real news just can't compete with fake news. A major new study by researchers from MIT, published in the journal Science, shows that fake news and rumors travel faster and reach more people. The study's scope is sweeping, looking at 126,000 stories on Twitter, tweeted by 3 million people over 10 years. As The Atlantic writes:
"Twitter users seem almost to prefer sharing falsehoods. Even when the researchers controlled for every difference between the accounts originating rumorslike whether that person had more followers or was verifiedfalsehoods were still 70 percent more likely to get retweeted than accurate news."