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People who share potential misinformation on Twitter (in purple) rarely get to see corrections or fact-checking (in orange). Shao et al.

Misinformation and biases infect social media, both intentionally and accidentally

Information on social media can be misleading because of biases in three places – the brain, society and algorithms. Scholars are developing ways to identify and display the effects of these biases.
Many people are turned away by abusive language on online news sites but new research reveals that only 15 per cent of comments are “nasty.” (Shutterstock)

Online news trolls not as bad as we think

Are online trolls as bad as we think? New research reveals that most online news comments contribute positively to the conversation.
Under fire: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

How Facebook could really fix itself

A scholar of digital trust evaluates Facebook's current efforts and proposes some improvements the company could make.
Media education opportunities should be more frequently available in schools to ensure young Australians meaningfully engage with news media. Shutterstock

Most young Australians can’t identify fake news online

A new survey reveals that while most young Australians get news from online sources, they lack the skills to distinguish fake news.
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Electioneering in the social media age

It's election time and all the political parties are locked in a social media battle. But does it help inform political debate or just cause even more confusion?
Sharing election hashtags: Dots are Twitter accounts; lines show retweeting; larger dots are retweeted more. Red dots are likely bots; blue ones are likely humans. Clayton Davis

Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

If people can be conned into jeopardizing our children's lives, as they do when they opt out of immunizations, could they also be conned out of democracy?

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