And blame for this problem cannot be laid with our robotic brethren. From 2006 to 2016, Twitter bots amplified true stories as much as they amplified false ones, the study found. Fake news prospers, the authors write, “because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.”
The conclusion is essentially that social networks cater to, amplify, and rapidly spread disinformation and there’s no obvious way to solve it because it’s really a human problem made worse by these networks.
Unless, of course, we agree social networks are terrible and get rid of them. That seems rather obvious.