A new study confirms that fake news and lies are the fastest spreading type of information in the digital world of social networks, and for comparison, a true story takes about six times as long to reach the number of 1500 people than the false stories.
According to MIT, fake news are 70 percent more likely to be shared and re-shared, and false political news are the ones most likely to become viral.
The study, which was shared by Science Magazine, was based on the analysis of 10 years of Twitter history, representing more than 126 000 stories, having been shared 4.5 million times by about 3 million users.
In order to carry out the study, the team used different methods to define whether the content was considered as truth or fake, and concluded that fake news and information spread much faster, reaching a greater number of users in all categories of information.
According to the same study, regardless of the age of the user or his number of followers, the rate of retweets of the false news was always much higher than the true news, the study denied the common belief that the false news were spread by robots, and confirmed that they are indeed disseminated by humans.
The analysis confirmed that the robots spread either true or false stories at similar rates, unlike humans, who shared the false stories on a larger scale, and from these, the false politics news spread much faster than news about terrorism, natural disasters, financial or science.
There was also recently a false source report stating that Russia would have directly interfered in the United States elections. Much has been said recently about the spread of false source news and its ability to impact politics, public opinion and economics.
Researchers believe that eventually the reason for this massive sharing of fake news is probably due to the fact that it brings new and generally more unexpected content than the news content and true information.