Fake news, the study "Facebook fights better than Twitter"

Fake news, the study: "Facebook fights better than Twitter"
Fake news, the study: "Facebook fights better than Twitter"

DESPITE EVERYTHING, and despite the perception of users, Facebook would be doing a fair job to counteract fake news. This, at least, supports a survey entitled "Trends in the diffusion of misinformation on social media" and carried out by Stanford University together with the University of New York. The researchers analyzed the social performances of the articles of panzane published on fake news sites between January 2015 and last July. Apparently, on the blue platform the interactions and the involvement with those contents compared to Twitter is decidedly less. And it has dropped over time.

For the study the authors Hunt Allcott, Matthew Gatzkow and Chuan Yu have in fact put together a list of 570 sites that pass off phony stories. Then they measured the so-called user engagement for a series of publishers (big, small and niche) together obviously with the one produced by the sites of invented or exaggerated stories. The result would not seem so disheartening as one might believe.


"Interactions with fake news sites in our database have grown broadly from the beginning of 2015 to the months following the 2016 US presidential election - reads the survey - then started to fall more than half Facebook, while continuing to explode on Twitter ". Not that the Mark Zuckerberg platform has yet to come out, far from it, but the countermoves put in place over the last year and a half would seem to have produced some tangible results. Above all compared to the social of the sparrow where instead the buffalo poisoning is exploding in these months. Obviously the interactions with the news coming from other reliable sources have not undergone similar curves, remaining always rather stable over time.

What does it mean? "For us it is in line with the consideration that the magnitude of disinformation has diminished, at least temporarily, and that the efforts of Facebook following the presidential elections may have had some significant impact," say the scholars. Precisely on this point, now the main front of the concerns at the headquarters of the blue social, Zuckerberg himself came back a few days ago: "Today, we are more prepared for this kind of attacks" he explained referring to the flood of informative rubbish ended on the social between 2015 and 2016.

Obviously it's not all pink and flowers. For the authors, for example, we must consider that new fake news sites are born and disappear continuously (the study has taken into consideration only the most consolidated sites), or they modify URLs and addresses to confuse users.

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