People share fake news online even when they can tell it’s not true

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We spread fake stories even though we can detect them

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The spread of fake news on social media has been a problem for years. But there may be a simple solution to stop people sharing inaccurate information.

Gordon Pennycook at the University of Regina in Canada and colleagues have found that people can identify fake news easily, but may unwittingly share misinformation on social media because they aren’t thinking analytically.

The researchers presented more than 2500 people from the US with real headlines and images taken either from mainstream news stories or from a cache of stories that …

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