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Social Media, Political Polarization, and Political Disinformation: A Review of the Scientific Literature

by Brendan Nyhan; Joshua A. Tucker; Andrew Guess; Pablo Barberá; Cristian Vaccari; Alexandra Siegel; Sergey Sanovich; Denis Stukal

Mar 19, 2018

This report provides an overview of the current state of the literature on the relationship between social media; political polarization; and political "disinformation," a term used to encompass a wide range of types of information about politics found online, including "fake news," rumors, deliberately factually incorrect information, inadvertently factually incorrect information, politically slanted information, and "hyperpartisan" news.