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To Combat False News, Correct After Reading

In an experiment, the researchers discovered that fact-checking labels, when attached to online news headlines, actually work better after people read false headlines, compared to when they precede the headline or accompany it. “We found that whether a false claim was corrected before people read it, while they read it, or after they read it influenced the effectiveness of the correction,” says David Rand, an MIT professor and co-author of a new paper detailing the study’s results.

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