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The willingness to share false information

A study showed that people who were more digitally literate were just as likely to say they'd share false articles as people who lacked digital literacy.

Even people with high digital literacy were not immune from sharing false news.  Potential reasons are that although people don't want to spread misinformation, social media is quick and distracting. People are drawn to social validation and other feedback such as likes on their posts. This means they often forget to ask if a story is true when considering whether to share it.


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Misinformation on social media

Misinformation on social media

There has been tremendous concern recently over misinformation on social media. Unfortunately, the concern is justified, as the consequences of believing false information are shaping the future of nations and affect our collective health. 

One popular theory why people fall for misinforma...


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Definitions of "Digital literacy"

There are two different definitions for digital literacy. 

  1. It is the possession of basic digital skills required to effectively find information online. 
  2. It's asking whether people understand how platforms decide what to show in the newsfeed.

One study found that di...


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No one is immune from the potential to spread misinformation

No one is immune from the potential to spread misinformation

Just because a piece of false information parading as “news” has been shared millions of times doesn’t necessarily mean that millions believed it to be true.

At the same time, just because someone is better at distinguishing fact from falsehood if they stop to think about it, does not neces...


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