A Scientific Approach to Combating Misinformation and Disinformation Online


We argue for a scientific approach to combating online misinformation and disinformation. Such an approach must be grounded in empirically validated theory and is necessarily interdisciplinary, requiring insights from decision science, computer science, the social sciences, and systems integration. Relevant research has been conducted on the psychology of online narratives, providing a foundation for understanding why some messages are compelling and spread through social media networks, but this research must be integrated with research from other disciplines.

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