Nieman Lab: A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation

Nieman Journalism Lab: A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation. “Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for societies across the world. Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt a conversation, and at extremes it can have an impact on democratic processes, including elections. But what can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for mainstream media and social networks to step up and address the problem?”