Trends in the diffusion of misinformation on social media

@article{Allcott2019TrendsIT,
  title={Trends in the diffusion of misinformation on social media},
  author={Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow and Chuan Yu},
  journal={Research \& Politics},
  year={2019},
  volume={6}
}
In recent years, there has been widespread concern that misinformation on social media is damaging societies and democratic institutions. In response, social media platforms have announced actions to limit the spread of false content. We measure trends in the diffusion of content from 569 fake news websites and 9540 fake news stories on Facebook and Twitter between January 2015 and July 2018. User interactions with false content rose steadily on both Facebook and Twitter through the end of 2016… Expand

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