During disasters, active Twitter users likely to spread falsehoods

Hanscom, Donald H., Jr.

Study examines Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy; also finds most users fail to correct misinformation
By Cory Nealon

BUFFALO, N.Y. – We know that Twitter is littered with misinformation. But how good are the social media platform’s most. active users at detecting these falsehoods, especially during public emergencies?

Not good, according to new University at Buffalo research [https:// link.,pringer.com /articlo/10.1007I,11069-018-3344-6) that examined more than 20,000 tweets during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing.

The study, published today (May 11) in the journal Natural Hazards, looked at four false rumors Рtwo each from the marathon and hurricane, including an infamous falsehood [https://www.buzzfeed.com/jockstuef/the-man-behind-comfortablysmug-hurricane­sandys?utm_term=.cdKMnRJOg#.kx21aEyRp] about the New York Stock Exchange flooding.

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