"She Said WHAT'' "He Did THAT'' Believing False Rumors
AbstractWhy do false rumors spread? Why do otherwise sensible people believe them? Why are they sometimes impervious to correction? There are several answers with significant implications for freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas, especially in the age of the Internet; they demonstrate that the exchange of information may not produce convergence on truth and that damaging false reports will often be widely credited. In some circumstances, a "chilling effect" on false rumors can be desirable; the goal should be to produce optimal chill, rather than no chill at all.
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