Fake news travel faster, claims new study

Last Updated: Mar 10 2018 16:20

TECHNOLOGY- A recent Twitter study has confirmed a truth which has been in public domain for quite some time now. The truth is "Fake news travel faster than the genuine one".

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied 126,000 rumours and false news stories spread on Twitter over a period of 11 years.

Among the news, the most common fake news which spread the fastest was false political news. Urban legends, business, terrorism, science, entertainment and natural disasters were the other news topics.

"False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information," said Professor Sinan Aral, one of the study's co-authors.

The team used six independent fact-checking sources to identify the stories they were studying were fake or genuine.