Fact-Checking Research Database

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Research Study

Political Fact-Checking on Twitter: When Do Corrections Have an Effect?

Drew B. Margolin, Aniko Hannak, Ingmar Weber
Our Summary

Twitter users are more likely to accept correction from people they know

The study looked at corrections made on Twitter between January 2012 and April 2014 to see how fact-checking is received by people with different social relationships. Researchers ultimately isolated 229 “triplets” where the person sharing a falsehood responds to a correction by a second tweeter. Corrections made by “friends” resulted in the person sharing a falsehood accepting the fact 73 percent of the time. Corrections made by strangers were accepted only 39 percent of the time. Put simply: When we’re wrong on Twitter, we’re more likely to own up to it if someone we know corrected us.

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