December 1, 2021

Research Article: “Misinformation Interventions are Common, Divisive, and Poorly Understood”

The article linked below was recently published by Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review.

Title

Misinformation Interventions are Common, Divisive, and Poorly Understood

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Source

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review (2021)
DOI: 10.37016/mr-2020-81

Abstract

Social media platforms label, remove, or otherwise intervene on thousands of posts containing misleading or inaccurate information every day. Who encounters these interventions, and how do they react? A demographically representative survey of 1,207 Americans reveals that 49% have been exposed to some form of online misinformation intervention. However, most are not well-informed about what kinds of systems, both algorithmic and human, are applying these interventions: 40% believe that content is mostly or all checked, and 17.5% are not sure, with errors attributed to biased judgment more than any other cause, across political parties. Although support for interventions differs considerably by political party, other distinct traits predict support, including trust in institutions, frequent social media usage, and exposure to “appropriate” interventions.

Source: DOI: 10.37016/mr-2020-81

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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