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Charles Seife @cgseife
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@JacobAWohl Happy to explain. I'm a journalism prof interested in, among other things, misinformation. On July 11, I was running a program to monitor a fake news site to see if I could figure out what was responsible for spreading its falsehoods. In this particular case, you were. 1/
@JacobAWohl The misinformation in question was the statement that joining Antifa had just been outlawed and punishable by imprisonment -- an obviously and provably false claim. And in this case, it turns out that you bore the prime responsibility for spreading this lie. 2/
@JacobAWohl The dots represent accounts spreading the lie. The curves connecting the dots are conduits of this misinformation, when it's traceable back to a source thanks to a RT. And as you can tell, you're the main conduit here. 3/
@JacobAWohl FWIW I wasn't monitoring *you* -- I didn't have any idea who you were. I was monitoring a known source of utter BS... and it just so happened that, in this case you were the main distributor. Given the events of the past few days, I'm guessing that this ain't an anomaly. 4/
@JacobAWohl So... tl;dr version: in the land of the BS artists, you're a star. Congrats! 5/5
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