Friday, January 21, 2022

We Found the One Group of Americans Who Are Most Likely to Spread Fake News

In newly published research, we found that it’s not conservatives in general who tend to promote false information, but rather a smaller subset of them who also share two psychological traits: low levels of conscientiousness and an appetite for chaos. Importantly, we found that several other factors we tested for — including support for former President Donald Trump — did not reliably predict an inclination to share misinformation.

Can LCCs be prevented from sharing falsities? One of the most common measures for combating misinformation is using accurate messaging or fact-checker interventions, which have been shown to reduce the sharing of misinformation. Unfortunately, in two studies, we found that fact-checking warnings were inadequate: LCCs continued to share fake news stories at a higher rate compared with liberals and high-conscientiousness conservatives, despite being told the news was inaccurate.

1 comment :

  1. So a man walks up to you wearing a dress and tells you that he's a woman and if you don't refer to him as "she" then you're a hateful person. But that's not fake.
    BLM says the entire US society is irredeemably racist and there's no fix other than oppressing Whites. But that's not fake news.
    Then again, liberals have no trouble with Holocaust deniers on social media but are incensed if Trump gets an account.


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