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Post-truth under the lens of Science

  • Walter Quattrociocchi (Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia, Italy)
E1 05 (Leibniz-Saal)

Abstract

Users to promote their favorite narratives and cluster themselves in groups where they accept information adhering their narrative (even if contains false claims) and resist dissenting information (i.e. the inefficacy of fact-checking). We extended the focus on the consumption of news on Facebook and we found evidence of the effect of disintermediation.

Indeed, according analyzing 376 million Facebook users’ interactions with more than 900 news outlets in six years we find that that selective exposure dominates news consumption on line creating a segregated non-communicating environment. The main problem behind fake news seems to be polarization of narratives.

Antje Vandenberg

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig), Germany Contact via Mail

Eckehard Olbrich

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig), Germany

Sven Banisch

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig), Germany