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Russians helped elect Trump: Social media lies have real-world consequences

There is no way to quantify exactly what this barrage of disinformation and manipulation did to American politics


This year, researchers at Ohio State University tried to measure the impact that fake news had on the 2016 election. They based their analysis on a postelection survey in which they’d asked voters 281 questions, three of which were intended to determine their exposure to online disinformation. Respondents were asked to rate the accuracy of statements claiming that Hillary Clinton was suffering from a serious illness, that she’d approved weapons sales to the Islamic State as secretary of state, and that Donald Trump had been endorsed by Pope Francis. “Belief in ...

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First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 09:11 IST