New study suggests that people share fake news on Twitter to hurt their political enemies
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New research accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review sheds light on the psychological factors related to sharing fake news on Twitter. The findings indicate that people who share fake news don’t suffer from a lack of political knowledge or media literacy. Instead, the new study suggests that partisan animosity plays a key role. “The spread of fabricated political news on social media has emerged as a major concern. We wanted to understand how big the problem is and to test competing theories of why some people fall for political fake news while others do not,” said st…

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