Apparently -- and who would have guessed? -- a lie can still make it halfway around the world before the truth has even got its pants on:
Researchers at MIT ran a study showing what most people already suspected: fake news -- of any stripe -- outweighs real news in the fast-moving, sociologically "hot" environments of social media. Just like your Middle School days, exciting rumor and glittering half-truth is way more engaging than dull stuff like history, social studies or science. (And as for spelling, well... Most of our Facebook and Twitter posts would come back covered in red ink.)
Forewarned is forearmed: if it confirms your brightest hopes or deepest fears, if it's remarkably novel, you'd better check it out before you pass it along. Better see if you can independently verify it.
The truth has to walk a long, long road before it can catch up to lies, let alone give them the beating they deserve.
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