Sex Trafficking, Russian Infiltration, Birth Certificates, and Pedophilia: A Survey Experiment Correcting Fake News
45 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 17, 2017
The spread of false news stories, or “fake news,” is of pressing concern to social scientists and policymakers. Here, we summarize the results of one of the first attempts to correct fake news. Subjects were presented with multiple real-world examples of fake news, drawn from across the political spectrum. We find strong evidence that citizens are willing to accept corrections to fake news, regardless of their ideology and the content of the fake stories.
Keywords: misinformation, fake news, public opinion
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Porter, Ethan and Wood, Thomas and Kirby, David, Sex Trafficking, Russian Infiltration, Birth Certificates, and Pedophilia: A Survey Experiment Correcting Fake News (November 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3073294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3073294
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