The science of fake news

  title={The science of fake news},
  author={David Lazer and Matthew A. Baum and Yochai Benkler and Adam J. Berinsky and Kelly M. Greenhill and Filippo Menczer and Miriam J. Metzger and Brendan Nyhan and Gordon Pennycook and David M. Rothschild and Michael Schudson and Steven A. Sloman and Cass Robert Sunstein and Emily A. Thorson and Duncan J. Watts and Jonathan Zittrain},
  pages={1094 - 1096}
Addressing fake news requires a multidisciplinary effort The rise of fake news highlights the erosion of long-standing institutional bulwarks against misinformation in the internet age. Concern over the problem is global. However, much remains unknown regarding the vulnerabilities of individuals, institutions, and society to manipulations by malicious actors. A new system of safeguards is needed. Below, we discuss extant social and computer science research regarding belief in fake news and the… 

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