Summary #762

Fake News Can Lead to False Memories

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  • Study, conducted around the 2018 abortion referendum in Ireland, shows the dangers of fake news.
  • 3,140 voters were presented several reports, including fake ones, and then asked questions about whether they recognized the stories.
  • Half of the participants reported a memory for at least one made-up event, many recalled rich details about a fake news story.
  • A lot of them also didn’t want to consider that their memories were based on fake stories.
  • This demonstrates the dangerous ease with which stories can be fabricated.

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