Have fun with this one, disinfonauts, found at Pacific Standard:
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You know who you are. Somebody posts some daft claim about chemtrails, faked moon landings, and a supposed connection between vaccines and autism. You step in, trying valiantly to show them the error of their ways.
Well, your plan won’t work. No, if anything, it’ll make it worse.
That’s the conclusion of a new study by a team of Italian computer scientists, physicists, and, yes, social scientists. They scoured data from Italian Facebook—acquired through the publicly available Graph system—that showed how users had interacted with Facebook pages devoted to science news, conspiracy theories, conspiracy debunkers, and satirists and trolls.
Generally speaking, fans of actual science news and fans of conspiracy theories were pretty similar.
Sorting through 1.2 million users in all, the team first identified individuals who had used 95 percent of their likes on either science or conspiracy pages.