Latest Misinformation Stories

Misinformation Can Spread Like Wildfire On Twitter
2014-03-19 05:40:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Twitter can be enormously helpful during an emergency, but it can be just as detrimental when misinformation is rapidly spread during a crisis. Researchers from University of Washington studied last year’s Boston Marathon bombings and found that significant amounts of misinformation spread widely on Twitter despite efforts by users to correct rumors that were inaccurate. The bombings, which took place on April 15, 2013 when...

2009-08-06 19:10:09

People who see misinformation in historical films and then read accurate accounts are 50 percent more likely to recall the misinformation, U.S. researchers say. Andrew Butler, a psychology doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis, said students who learn history through watching blockbuster movies may be doomed to repeat history. We found that when information in the film was consistent with information in the text, watching the film clips increased correct recall by about 50...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'