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Why People Share Fake News on Social Media
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Why People Share Fake News on Social Media

People may feel less unethical about sharing misinformation on social media if they repeatedly encounter the fake news item, even when they don't believe it, according to a study involving more than 2,500 people. The researchers, including one of Indian Origin Medha Raj from the University of Southern California in the US said seeing a fake headline just once leads individuals to temper their disapproval of the misinformation when they see it a second, third, or fourth time. As part of the study, published in the journal Psychological Science, the researchers asked online survey participants to rate how unethical or acceptable they thought it was to publish a fake headline, and the likelihood that they would "like", share, and block or unfollow the person who posted it. ...
Cambridge Analytica Will Launch Investigation on its India’s Operation
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Cambridge Analytica Will Launch Investigation on its India’s Operation

Cambridge Analytica, the data consultancy firm accused of deliberately using personal Facebook users data for target advertising during the 2016 US elections announced that it will investigate and report all its activities around the world, which includes India. A spokesperson for the company revealed that while the firm focuses primarily on its US operations, its parent company, SCL Elections handles operations in other parts of the globe. All the national issues and national associations are part and parcel of the independent investigation. Rest assured, India, Kenya, Nigeria, all the other countries that SCL has been working in historically, will be investigated and reported on as part of the independent investigation, he told reporters during a press conference. The press conf...
Facebook’s Zuckerberg Discloses Steps to Fight Fake News
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Discloses Steps to Fight Fake News

Facebook Inc, facing withering criticism for failing to stem a flood of phony news articles in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, is taking a series of steps to weed out hoaxes and other types of false information, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Friday evening. Facebook has long insisted that it is a technology company and not a publisher, and rejects the idea that it should be held responsible for the content that its users circulate on the platform. Just after the election, Zuckerberg said the notion that fake or misleading news on Facebook had helped swing the election to Donald Trump was a "crazy idea." Zuckerberg then said last Saturday that more than 99 percent of what people see on Facebook is authentic, calling "only a very small amount" fa...