Saturday 21 July 2018

The Detector Lie

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” —Winston Churchill

Metal detecting on arable land

Stark results from MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines: False information retweeted by more people than the true stuff, and faster to boot. True stories take, on average, six times longer than falsehoods to reach at least 1,500 people. via
Or, as someone put it: “It’s a lot easier to get people to repeat a lie they like than to repeat a truth they have to think about".

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