Fake news spreads when it is angry
Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Get
Fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.
Jichang Zhao at the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Big Data and Brain Computing and Yuwei Chuai at Beihang University in China have analysed the spread of both fake and real news across Weibo, one of China’s biggest social media platforms.
They analysed a data set of 22,479 posts from 20,532 users between 2011 and 2016, which Weibo had officially flagged as fake news. They also looked at 10,000 real news posts from …