Our itch to share helps spread Covid-19 misinformation
To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the illness. Now a study co-authored by MIT scholars contains bad news and good news about Covid-19 misinformation — and a new insight that may help reduce the problem.
One of the ways fake news spreads is of course through sharing. Here researchers at MIT looked into the link between sharing and accuracy