A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes...especially on social media!
A new study finds fake news travels a lot faster and a lot further on Twitter than factual information does.
Researchers at MIT found it took six times longer for accurate news to reach 15-hundred people than stories that were false. Authors of the study say false stories moved much faster, further, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all information categories.
Researchers examined thousands of stories circulated on Twitter and millions of tweets between 2006 and last year. They say the study shows false political stories were more viral than any other category of false information.
Can Twitter fix this issue? Not 100%, but they will sure try.