Mitigating fake news: A systematic literature review

Date Posted: May 28, 2019 Last Modified: May 28, 2019
Technology (and the Internet): Mitigating fake news a systematic literature review of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news propagation and detection mechanisms in social media

Disinformation, misinformation, and fake news have become an increasing problem online. To over come the obstacle of an ever growing need for verification data the research employed a Systemic Literature Review to find emergent themes in the field of disinformation. Furthermore, the paper discusses detection and mitigation methods which currently exist. 

  • The Systemic Literature Review (SLR) found Facebook and Twitter as hotbeds for the spread of misinformation with most breaking news being found first on these platforms.
  • The SLR method found people to be more reluctant to accept information that went against their view and tended to believe false information more aligned to their perspectives.
  • Breaking news and other activity related information is often unverified or fake. Social media platforms have placed counter measures against disinformation. However, more critical thinking needs to be practiced amongst people when reading the news to discern whether its true or false.