New model to limit the spread of misinformation

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Controlling the spread of misinformation on social media platforms has spurred important conversations about censorship and freedom of speech. So far censorship, fact-checking and education have been the only tools to fight misinformation. In new research published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from three US universities explore ways to improve the quality of information being shared on networks without making any entity responsible for policing content and deciding what is true and false.

The model suggests that to cut down on the spread of false information, the network can set limits on how widely certain messages are shared and do so in a way that is not overly restrictive to users.

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