The Psychology Behind Fake News & Click Bait Ads

Click and someone makes money. It doesn’t matter if you quickly leave the site — the event has been logged. Unfortunately, that’s the incentive for creating clickbait. While we’re waiting for the industry to catch up, you can lower the amount of junk news you consume by learning to spot them before you click.

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When journalists talk about the threat our First Amendment rights, here’s what they mean.

The year was 1798 when John Adams signed The Alien and Sedition Acts. Trouble was brewing across the ocean as the French built up their navy and eyed our young country. In response, the Federalist Congress passed the act and Adams signed it.

Protests followed immediately.

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Have you shared a fake news story? Join the club.

At this point, people are aware that fake news exists. Their problem with it is twofold. First, people aren’t sure how to identify fake news. Second, it has rattled their trust in any source of news or caused them to build extremely loyal affinities for select sources. 

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NPR talked to a Fake-News creator and confirmed it’s mostly about the ad money

During the last election, a popular fake news story, titled “FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide” spread across the internet. It’s completely false but, that didn’t stop hundreds of thousands of people from sharing it. The story lived on denverguardian.com – one of those fake news websites that only has one story.

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The Pew Research Center tested how well people can separate fact from opinion statements. The results aren’t surprising.

Have you ever been baffled when someone has clung to a belief despite clear evidence to the contrary? You might have noticed their mental strain, as they process the conflicting information and ultimately choose to reject it.

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