Curated Resource ( ? )

Fact-checking doesn’t ‘backfire,’ new study suggests

Fact-checking doesn’t ‘backfire,’ new study suggests

my notes ( ? )

"conservatives who received a correction telling them that Iraq did not have [Weapons of Mass Destruction] were more likely to believe that Iraq had WMD." ... fact-checking reinforced the mistaken belief... the "backfire effect."

A new paper, however, suggests the "backfire effect" may be a very rare phenomenon.... People are extra happy to adopt a factual correction when they have the opportunity to contradict the other team... But we have definitely not found any consistent evidence of factual backfire ... folks across the political spectrum were happy to move, at least some of the way, consistently with a factual intervention...
There's still differential responsiveness, people still have their political beliefs. It's just that the picture may not be as dire as is commonly painted... don't place facts on too high a pedestal. ... we didn't see any differences on policy preferences among corrected and uncorrected groups. So there will still be voters holding weird policy preferences that are in contravention of factual circumstances.

Read the Full Post

The above notes were curated from the full post www.poynter.org/2016/fact-checking-doesnt-backfire-new-study-suggests/436983/.

Related reading

More Stuff I Like

More Stuff tagged psychology , backfire effect , factchecking

See also: Content Strategy , Social Media

Cookies disclaimer

MyHub.ai saves very few cookies onto your device: we need some to monitor site traffic using Google Analytics, while another protects you from a cross-site request forgeries. Nevertheless, you can disable the usage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. By browsing our website without changing the browser settings, you grant us permission to store that information on your device. More details in our Privacy Policy.

I agree