Updated November 03, 2018 07:22:33A trick to trick people into believing you’ve seen something they’ve never seen is to write a story that looks like it’s been altered, a technique known as “faking news”.
But a new study says that, if you’re trying to trick a news source, there’s a good chance the source is actually telling the truth.
The study was conducted by University of Adelaide’s Media Lab and the University of Technology Sydney’s Media Science Unit.
“We are interested in using social science and social media to inform the world about topics that are of concern to people,” lead author Dr Alex Szekely said.
“It’s not always easy to identify which news stories are being manipulated, and it’s important to do that to make sure you don’t end up in situations where you’re misled.”
If we can’t find the sources and are not able to understand their motivations, we can try to figure out why they’re doing what they’re saying.
“To investigate the methods, the researchers conducted an experiment on people from more than 30 news sites and found that the techniques varied by site.”
For example, news websites that use social media can easily be fooled by stories that they see and believe are fake,” Dr Szekle said.
The researchers found that when the news source uses a story about a real event, their readers’ responses tended to be positive, with a “fairly consistent” response.
But when they saw a fake version of the same event, they were more likely to believe it was fake.”
Our findings suggest that fake news could potentially be used to sway the public, which is something that has been a long-term concern for news publishers,” Dr Jurgen Gartner, a media expert from the University at Buffalo, New York, said.
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