Why Do Social Media Users Share Misinformation?

  title={Why Do Social Media Users Share Misinformation?},
  author={Xinran Chen and Sei-Ching Joanna Sin and Yin Leng Theng and Chei Sian Lee},
  journal={Proceedings of the 15th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries},
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