SBEE Lecture Series: Brendan Nyhan
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
The Social, Behavioral and Experimental Economics lecture series is sponsored by the School of Information, the Ross School of Business and the Department of Economics. Speakers from U.S. and international universities present their research at weekly seminars during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Who Reads Fake News? Evidence from the 2016 and 2018 campaigns
Though some warnings about online "echo chambers" have been hyperbolic, tendencies toward selective exposure to politically congenial content are likely to extend to misinformation and to be exacerbated by social media platforms. We test this prediction using data on the factually dubious articles known as "fake news." Using unique data combining survey responses with individual-level web traffic histories, we evaluate consumption of fake news during the 2016 and 2018 elections, the role of Facebook in exposing people to fake news, and the effectiveness of fact-checks in countering it.
The talk will begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:00 pm.