The Participation Blog


An 11-year-long study in the journal Science corroborated by six independent fact checking organizations found that false news stories spread faster, farther, deeper and more broadly than truthful news. Fake political news is most likely to spread. The problem is that what’s true is often boring or hard to understand, so making up stories that are simple, shocking, entertaining or crazy gets people’s attention. It’s a major challenge but it’s fixable with time and trust.