The dangers of fake news are well-known, but the exact mechanism by which misinformation spreads remains surprisingly obscure. Individual research studies on misinformation keep producing seemingly contradictory results. McGill University computer scientist Derek Ruths explains the reason for these research discrepancies and possible ways to resolve them. The article will engage anyone concerned with the way the internet and social media platforms spread false or deceptive information.
About the Author
Derek Ruths is an associate professor of computer science at McGill University in Canada.