The current digital age has allowed for unparalleled advances across nearly all aspects of daily life. With unprecedented amounts of information being rapidly shared across countless mediums, true and false information, spread by both well-intentioned and corrupt actors, has become severely intertwined. As a result, the global information ecosystem has become dangerously murky and polluted, threatening the health of people and communities.
Its difficult to get a sense of just how much misinformation is online but recent work has found:
A diverse group of agents and actors, acting as a group or independently, spread misinformation for a wide range of reasons that may be fueled by political, social, or financial objectives.
The spread and influence of misinformation is shaped by the complex interplay of motivations, behaviors, psychological processes, and technological variables. Making sense of these inputs can make it easier to understand why some patients regard inaccurate or conspiratorial information they’ve encountered online as true.