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Social Media Rumors To Be Assessed Using Online Lie Detector
2014-02-20 08:24:46

[ Watch the Video: Detecting Lies Online ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Rumors have been a staple of society for nearly as long as humans have been speaking. But with the advent of the Internet and social media, rumors have spread like wildfire. And whether true or false, rumors do spread fast, often with far-reaching consequences. Now, a team of researchers led by the University of Sheffield is looking to develop a new system that can automatically...

2013-08-03 23:03:15

fishbat, one of the nation’s leading online marketing companies, releases the newest edition of “fishbat Splash,” which discusses a new Twitter-themed Hotel and Facebook’s TV-style ad rumor. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) August 03, 2013 On August 3, fishbat releases the latest edition of “fishbat Splash,” which recaps the most popular digital news stories of the week, including a new Twitter-themed hotel in Spain and the rumor surrounding Facebook’s new TV-style ads. According to the...

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2011-03-07 14:25:00

By Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State University Despite the fears of some, a new study suggests that use of the internet in general does not make people more likely to believe political rumors. However, one form of internet communication "“ e-mail "“ does seem to have troubling consequences for the spread and belief of rumors. "I think a lot of people will be surprised to learn that using the internet doesn't necessarily promote belief in rumors.  Many people seem to think that's...

2010-10-14 14:01:55

People who believe false rumors about the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York City not only are more likely to oppose that project "“ they are more likely to oppose building of a mosque in their own neighborhood. Researchers surveyed 750 Americans and asked them if they believed any of four rumors associated with the New York City mosque, all of which have been refuted. One of the rumors, for example, falsely says that that the proposed center is...

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2010-08-31 10:25:00

There's something beyond plain old ignorance that motivates Americans to believe President Obama is a Muslim, according to a first-of-its-kind study of smear campaigns led by a Michigan State University psychologist. The research by Spee Kosloff and colleagues suggests people are most likely to accept such falsehoods, both consciously and unconsciously, when subtle clues remind them of ways in which Obama is different from them, whether because of race, social class or other ideological...

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2010-03-10 12:25:00

Finds that media exposure did nothing to correct misperception Exposure to news media has long been thought to help create a more informed and politically educated citizenry, but a new University of Georgia study finds that media exposure did little to correct a significant misperception during the most recent presidential campaign. Approximately 20 percent of Americans believed that then-Senator Barack Obama was a Muslim during the 2008 presidential campaign despite news stories and...

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2009-08-26 20:14:54

A source close to U.S. actor Ryan O'Neal said there is no truth to the rumor his son, Redmond, is set to star in a reality television series. Redmond, who is also the son of the late actress Farrah Fawcett, is currently serving time in a detention center for a probation violation stemming from a drug conviction. He is also undergoing treatment for his addiction to drugs. Rumors have been swirling that he plans to appear in a show that would document his transition back to the outside world...

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2009-03-12 09:18:23

Chris Brown's manager is denying claims a text message she sent to the U.S. singer sparked the alleged fight he had with Rihanna that led to his arrest. Some media reports have claimed Tina Davis sent Brown, 19, a text message of an intimate nature shortly before he allegedly beat up his girlfriend, 21-year-old recording artist Rihanna, on Feb. 8. He has since been arrested, released on bail and charged with two felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned next month. In response to the rumors,...

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2008-11-02 11:37:48

With just two days before the presidential election, gossip, lies, insinuation and attacks are being posted on the Internet in hopes that these fallacies will influence voters before they head to the polls on November 4th. "It's a lot of mud being slung, it's understandable, but I think it's still kind of sad," said Nick DiFonzo, a psychologist and rumor expert at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Candidates and their campaigns are passing along unconstructive tidbits in public...

2008-09-16 00:00:09

By Shannon Warren Perfectly nice, honest people can pass along some of the nastiest rumors. It's not out of malicious boredom, for there are plenty of interesting headlines to discuss. After all, this past week, there were accusations about an alleged sex scandal at the Mineral Management Service. And, of course, who didn't have a comment about the colorful political analogies of pit bulls and pigs wearing lipstick? Despite having truth-is-stranger-than-fiction issues to discuss, we...


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