Fighting Fake News with Psychology. The Pro-Truth Pledge

Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Forthcoming

42 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2018  

Gleb Tsipursky

Ohio State University (OSU)

Fabio Votta

University of Stuttgart - Department of Social Sciences

James Mulick

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: March 12, 2018

Abstract

Some recent psychology research has shown why people engage in deceptive behavior, and how we can prevent them from doing so. Given the alarming amount of fake news in the US public sphere, a group of psychologists has sought to combine the available research in a proposed intervention, the Pro-Truth Pledge, to help address this problem. The pledge asks signees to commit to 12 behaviors that research in psychology shows correlate with an orientation toward truthfulness. Early results show both that private citizens and public figures are willing to take the pledge, and survey, interview, and observational evidence shows the effectiveness of the pledge on reducing sharing misinformation on social media.

Keywords: deception, post-truth politics, post-truth, pro-social behavior, fake news, alternative facts, social media, false news, elections, truth, facts, Facebook, Twitter, digital media

Suggested Citation

Tsipursky, Gleb and Votta, Fabio and Mulick, James, Fighting Fake News with Psychology. The Pro-Truth Pledge (March 12, 2018). Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138715

Gleb Tsipursky (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) ( email )

Blankenship Hall-2010
901 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH OH 43210
United States

Fabio Votta

University of Stuttgart - Department of Social Sciences ( email )

Keplerstra├če 17
D-70174 Stuttgart
Germany

James Mulick

Ohio State University (OSU) ( email )

Blankenship Hall-2010
901 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH OH 43210
United States

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