UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A study says fake news or false stories travel six times faster than true stories and reach more people.
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology published their findings in Science journal, March 8.
They looked at 126,000 stories published from 2006 to the end of 2016 that were tweeted millions of times.
Scientists found to reach 1,500 viewers, it takes an average fake story 10 hours while a true story takes 60.
They also asked six different fact-checking organizations to determine what constitutes as a fake or not.
About two-thirds of the stories were false, under one-fifth were true and the rest fell under the mixed category.
The study also says true stories are not as retweeted as much as fake stories.
Researchers shared that Twitter helped fund the research but did not have a say on its outcome.