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The real reason why fake news spreads like wildfire on social media

The real reason why fake news spreads like wildfire on social media

Misinformation is like a virus that has infected social media platforms, spreading far and wide with alarming speed. It is often blamed on people’s inability to analyse information correctly. But a new study from USC and Yale has revealed a deeper problem. The very structure of these platforms is driving the habitual sharing of fake news on social media, with users giving little consideration to accuracy. This begs the question: how can we tackle misinformation effectively?