Summary #592

Fake news ‘vaccine’ works: ‘pre-bunk’ game reduces susceptibility to disinformation

cam.ac.uk
  • Searching for ways to fight fake news, researchers have created a game that reduces the perceived “realness” of fake news by 21% on average.
  • Bad News, an online game released in 2018, was completed by thousands of people - 15,000 of which agreed to share their data for the study.
  • The game uses “inoculation theory”, and works like a psychological vaccination.
  • It prepares people to recognize fake news by exposing real-world methods used to create it.
  • This is a critical step towards developing ways to counteract fake news without having to counter each specific conspiracy or lie.

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