Why people are vulnerable to mis- and disinformation, according to psychologists

Social identity, social media and sources of information are the most common reasons why people can be susceptible.
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Transcript for Why people are vulnerable to mis- and disinformation, according to psychologists
It's becoming clear that the biggest issue underlying. Do you believe in this just information is that our ally and. That's when this information. And says its strikes hard court people's anxieties fears in the way that it knows. Cause them. He sort of risk and insular predictable ways to cut back. Enforcement social reinforcement that's Anthony's you think about how are people like this. Yeah. Not accurate. People like meet the ones who share information and share research. And they shared information with the people they care about. You mark charity and kind of feel like I'm done so publicly and I get expert publicly called out about it listening to the nation's news. Everywhere these homes in this aggression who we thing. Other people aren't they are who is she is not his. And this actually is called the third person has been key GE today they are. If I'm wrong about this. My sense is this story correct. Bill what about B those being that I. We think about why is that people are susceptible recent disinformation. Urged actually has very little to do. The information itself has more to do we currently are. Only want to eat and wanting groups that we want to yet more. Did you ask people how important music you can only share accurate information. Almost everybody says they're important. If you ask them how important do you think gets to your friends that they don't share angered visions of people think it's less important to their friends. Social media has absolutely. Exacerbated. Their ability to confirm one's own by C. Harm themselves are already structured to fuel our emotional reflexive responses. The idea you bring you like something or angry by sharing all of that is designed to be done very. So when you are advice eat it that is what you're in easy shortcuts and not really need substance of the encouraged. Even people who might think it's really carefully actors see saving contracts of work. The media and white patent digs the cuts taxes is focusing attention. Social media in general. Are are you as you wait so fast and so reflects and so auditing. It even under normal conditions where it let creek movie. We we can't scroll really quickly we tend to just look at headlines and news. The potential for each of misinformation is much more than just the few bullets FaceBook. And he couldn't be there they can also tell. Their friends their family think I'll just share on FaceBook you know out of whatever their intensity greater community. There is a real inability among all. Significant portion of the population seemed pretty happy discern sources of information as being credible. Orton. How does he's information and I'm trying to assess. How old accurate I think this and I sort of two things that I continues to have suited to judge one is how wealth is fit with everything priority now and the otherwise how reliable as the sources telling me. Receiving information and that especially information comes from a trust it's a worse or something is being shared by someone who you like or care how or someone who you want you might. Is what's gonna guide you were caught content of the information self. How well does this fit with everything else you know about the world's. And it is it's reasonably well he really OK that's probably true. It really doesn't fit with what you know about the world you know and I probably best source that information is unreliable more likely that the source is wrong that everything you know about the world's. If you ask people to stop and think about is this true most people are actually pretty good it Helle. Sort of like fake news from true news. They think about why do you want to think things they believe that he believes well. I can only hears who truly looks like it's coming from lease curiosity. In our cash. A lot of times people don't stop and think they just go it their gut response they're inclined to believe. So getting people to stop this look out. We showed reduces their belief in false. News but not.

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