A new study finds that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. And you can't blame bots; it's us, say the authors of the largest study of online misinformation. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT looked at more thanstories tweeted millions of times between and the end of -- before Donald Trump took office but during the combative presidential campaign. They found that "fake news" sped through Twitter "farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information," according to the study in Thursday's journal Science.
Christopher Blair has made up stories about sharia in California and immigrants defacing Mount Rushmore. The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type.
His wife had left for work and his children were on their way to school, but waiting online was his other community, an unreality where nothing was exactly as it seemed. He logged onto his website and began to invent his first news story of the day.
Maybe he would announce that Hillary Clinton had died during a secret overseas mission to smuggle more refugees into America. A new message popped onto Blair's screen from a friend who helped with his website.
Christopher Blair, 46, in the woods near his home in North Waterboro, Maine "The more extreme we become, the more people believe it," Blair replied. He had launched his new website on Facebook during the presidential campaign as a practical joke among friends - a political satire site started by Blair and a few other liberal bloggers who wanted to make fun of what they considered to be extremist ideas spreading throughout the far right.
In the last two years on his page, America's Last Line of Defense, Blair had made up stories about California instituting sharia, former president Bill Clinton becoming a serial killer, undocumented immigrants defacing Mount Rushmore, and former president Barack Obama dodging the Vietnam draft when he was 9.
Instead, Blair's page had become one of the most popular on Facebook among Trump-supporting conservatives over What Blair had first conceived of as an elaborate joke was beginning to reveal something darker.
Is there ever a point where people realize they're being fed garbage and decide to return to reality? Over the past decade his family had moved around the country a half-dozen times as he looked for steady work, bouncing between construction and restaurant jobs while sometimes living on food stamps.
During the economic crash ofhis wife had taken a job at Wendy's to help pay down their credit-card debt, and Blair, a lifelong Democrat, had begun venting his political frustration online, arguing with strangers in an Internet forum called Brawl Hall.
He sometimes masqueraded as a tea party conservative on Facebook so he could gain administrative access into their private groups and then flood their pages with liberal ideas before using his administrative status to shut their pages down.
He had created more than a dozen online profiles over the last years, sometimes disguising himself in accompanying photographs as a beautiful Southern blond woman or as a bandana-wearing conservative named Flagg Eagleton, baiting people into making racist or sexist comments and then publicly eviscerating them for it.
In his writing Blair was blunt, witty and prolific, and gradually he'd built a liberal following on the Internet and earned a full-time job as a political blogger.
On the screen, like nowhere else, he could say exactly how he felt and become whomever he wanted. Christopher Blair, 46, sits at his desk at home in Maine and checks his Facebook page, America's Last Line of Defense Now he hunched over a desk wedged between an overturned treadmill and two turtle tanks, scanning through conservative forums on Facebook for something that might inspire his next post.
He was 6-foot-6 and pounds, and he typed several thousand words each day in all capital letters. He noticed a photo online of Trump standing at attention for the national anthem during a White House ceremony.
Behind the president were several dozen dignitaries, including a white woman standing next to a black woman, and Blair copied the picture, circled the two women in red and wrote the first thing that came into his mind.
Lock them up for treason!
Neither Obama nor Clinton had been invited to the ceremony. Nobody had flipped off the president. The entire premise was utterly ridiculous, which was exactly Blair's point.
Hundreds of liberals now visited America's Last Line of Defense to humiliate conservatives who shared Blair's fake stories as fact. In Blair's private Facebook messages with his liberal supporters, his conservative audience was made up of "sheep," "hillbillies," "maw-maw and paw-paw," "TrumpTards," "potatoes" and "taters.Looking at whether or not participants could tell the difference between truth and lies, on average, players at the start of the game scored "not much better than chance -- about 56 percent accurate.
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