AB-The spread of true and false news online

By April 3, 2018comp-5005, Data science
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The spread of true and false
news online

Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, Sinan Aral
(8 March 2018)

Paper’s reference in the IEEE style?

S. Vosoughi, D. Roy, and S. Aral, “The spread of true and false news online,” Science, vol. 359, no. 6380, pp. 1146–1151, Mar. 2018.

How did you find the paper?

Referenced from a newspaper article https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/opinion/facebook-social-media-sri-lanka.html

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Was the paper peer reviewed? Explain how you found out.

The paper was published in Science and was peer reviewed

Does the author(s) work in a university or a government-funded research institute? If so, which university or research institute? If not, where do they work?

The authors work for MIT

What does this tell you about their expertise? Are they an expert in the topic area?

The authors are experienced researchers

What was the paper about?

The paper reports on an analysis of the spread of “fake-news” on twitter.  The study analysed 126,000 Twitter stories or “cascades” (unbroken chains of retweets with a common, singular origin), tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times, and showed that false news spread wider and faster than true ones.

When the stories were controlled for bots, the study found that bots spread stories approximately equally whether false or true, indicating that human activity was by far the largest cause of the spread of fake news.

Of the 126,000 stories, the largest category (political stories) comprised 45,000 stories.

The study also used an LDA model with 200 topics, to calculate whether stories were novel compared to a general user’s feed.  The study found that false news was significantly more novel than truth, potentially leading to its increased sharing as it also resulted in responses that had more surprise.

If applicable, is this paper similar to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?


If applicable, is this paper different to other papers you have read for this assignment? If so, which papers and why?


What do these similarities and differences suggest? What are your observations? Do you have any new ideas? Do you have any conclusions?

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This question is to be answered after your critical analysis is completed: Which sections (if any) of your critical analysis was this paper cited in?