1. Trailspotter

    Trailspotter Senior Member

    A scientific paper of the above title published yesterday in PNAS Early Edition may be of interest to Metabunk members:
    This article contains supporting information online:
    Supporting Information Appendix: Echo chambers in the age of misinformation
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  2. George B

    George B Extinct but not forgotten Staff Member

    Very interesting. Not sure exactly what this means however. There is a similar dissemination pattern for science and conspiracy but a dissimilar acceptance or belief pattern for science versus conspiracy?
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  3. Spectrar Ghost

    Spectrar Ghost Senior Member

    If I'm reading the article correctly, science quickly reaches a broader audience (greater diffusion) but interest and cascade lifetime are poorly correlated. Conspiracy diffuses more slowly, but interest continues to increase with time.
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  4. George B

    George B Extinct but not forgotten Staff Member

    Quite interesting. Thanks!
  5. NotQualified

    NotQualified Member

    Came across an interesting Washington Post article about [this study] conducted to determine how misinformation spreads across the internet.


    Thanks for merging this Mick. I should have searched to see if there was already a thread.
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  6. nivek

    nivek New Member

    YouTube is a big problem, there's these fringe groups that post ufo hoaxes for instance or false claims over the Apollo moon landings or 911 and [some people] gobble it up and spread those false videos and ideals all over social media sites like facebook...

    I had a lengthy debate last year with an otherwise intelligent woman about the moon landings, she saw a couple videos on YouTube and became convinced the moon landings were faked...In the end after listening to and reading all the evidence I presented her, she resolved to accept the ridiculous youtube videos saying seeing was believing and we never went to the moon...
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  7. Bill Statler

    Bill Statler Member

    In the center of my avatar image, the little white speck casting a shadow is the bottom half of the Apollo 11 lunar module, photographed from lunar orbit in 2009. Of course, "seeing is believing" generally applies only to things that the seer already believes, so this won't convince anyone.

    Back to the original topic, I've been heavily involved in a few online forums for many years, and the "echo chamber" effect is very real. Even if a community starts out with a range of opinions, it frequently happens that a small group of true believers will eventually annoy the heck out of everyone else, and drive them off. Forum moderators can encourage or discourage this, but never have complete control.

    I don't think Facebook has improved the situation any -- it just makes it even easier to shut out ideas and people that you disagree with.

    I find this discouraging. On the one hand, the Internet has become an amazing way for people to find friends and to learn things, with no artificial limitations imposed by physical distance. And on the other hand, so many of us use it solely to find clones of ourselves and echoes of what we already think.
  8. Auldy

    Auldy Senior Member

    This video from (the incredibly great) CPG Grey channel is a good dissection of how and why ideas such as CTs and misinformation spread across social media.
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  9. Hartski

    Hartski New Member

    Saw this article the other day (ironically shared on my fb) which gives some excellent examples behind the algorithms that fb and other soc media uses to populate feeds.

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  10. Graham2001

    Graham2001 Active Member

    The last few posts on the 'channeling' effect of social media and on increasing ability of people to filter out things they don't agree with bought to my mind a New York Times article that discussed the rise of "Safe Spaces" at universities and implies that people are spreading this kind of reality filtering offline.

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  11. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    Google is becoming less useful these days to find factual information.
    It's much easier to find "less-factual" information on Google.
    The relative ease these days, of creating a blog, site, forum....filled with opinions or promotion....puts keywords into Google that (if trending enough) are nearing the top of search results.

    (side note)
    I do not hazard-to-guess, that most people are not savvy enough, or simply not experienced enough.....to do thorough and specific Google Searches. It's a clever art.
    From my experience, most people don't have any idea what "search operators" are.
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  12. Hartski

    Hartski New Member

    That's how I ended up here. I was challenged to"Google Nexrad"

    He obviously just stopped at the first 6 YouTube videos that came up.
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  13. Marin B

    Marin B Active Member

    Here's an article from HuffPost on how Youtube uses algorithms that suck people down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole. It describes "5 of the wildest conspiracy theories YouTube promoted in 2018". I have a family member that will mention "watching the news", and I know that it means watching these types of videos for hours a day. :(

    5 Of The Wildest Conspiracy Theories YouTube Promoted In 2018 Once you fall down YouTube’s conspiracy theory rabbit hole, its algorithm will continue feeding you disinformation.