Can misinformation shared on Facebook be corrected? Or are citizens doomed to believe what they read? Recent evidence suggests that the former is closer to the truth—misinformation can be corrected. In this project, we will identify the best methods of doing just that. With the data provided, we will break new ground on the semantic determinants of misinformation shared on Facebook. We also investigate what sort of fact-checking approaches have proven most fruitful in reducing the sharing of misinformation on Facebook. Ultimately, we will know both what kinds of misinformation are most likely to be shared over Facebook, and we will have evidence regarding the best tactics for rebutting it.
Assistant Professor, George Washington University
Associate Professor, George Washington University
PhD Student, George Washington University
Thomas J. Wood
Assistant Professor, Ohio State University