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Subject: Play "fake news tycoon" to combat misinformation
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Subject: Play "fake news tycoon" to combat misinformation
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:32:45 -0500
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London (AFP) - Trolling, impersonating, demonising: these are just 
some of the behaviours encouraged in a new online game launching 
Tuesday in which young players become "fake news tycoons" -- to 
counter growing misinformation.

Researchers at Cambridge University have teamed up with a Dutch 
media collective to develop an English version of the game aimed at 
inoculating people against the spread of so-called fake news.

The exercise encourages participants, who are tasked with building 
audiences for their imaginary fake news sites, to stoke fear, anger 
and mistrust by simulating the manipulation of online content.

In the game they choose polarising falsehoods to publish, cultivate 
an army of Twitter bots, fabricate evidence, and propagate dubious 
articles and conspiracy theories.

"If you know what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone who is 
actively trying to deceive you, it should increase your ability to 
spot and resist the techniques of deceit," said Sander Van Der 
Linden, director of the university's Social Decision-Making Lab.

"We want to help grow 'mental antibodies' that can provide some 
immunity against the rapid spread of misinformation," she added.

The psychological theory behind the effort is called "inoculation".

Researchers at Cambridge last year found that briefly exposing 
people to tactics used by fake news producers can act as a 
"psychological vaccine" against bogus anti-science campaigns.

A pilot study conducted with teenagers in a Dutch high school used 
an early paper-and-pen trial of the online game, and showed the 
perceived "reliability" of fake news to be diminished in teens that 
played compared to a control group.

"A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to 
build immunity," said Van Der Linden.

"Similarly, inoculation theory suggests that exposure to a weak or 
demystified version of an argument makes it easier to refute when 
confronted with more persuasive claims."

The game, based in part on existing studies of online 
disinformation, takes its cues from actual conspiracy theories about 
organisations such as the United Nations, and about issues such as 

It is set to be translated for countries such as Ukraine, where 
disinformation campaigns are particularly rife.

Dems & the media want Trump to be more like Obama, but then he'd 
have to audit liberals  & wire tap reporters' phones.