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Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown - The New York Times

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown - The New York Times

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most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all... Field experiments testing the effects of online ads on political candidates and issues have also found null effects... Here’s what you should look for in evaluating claims about vast persuasion effects from dubious online content:
How many people actually saw the questionable material...
Whether the people being exposed are persuadable. ...
The proportion of news people saw that is bogus. ...
They can mislead and polarize citizens, undermine trust in the media, and distort the content of public debate. But those who want to combat online misinformation should take steps based on evidence and data, not hype or speculation.

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