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August 27, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Studying the Effectiveness of Fact-Checker Warning Labels

The American Press Institute published an article in its newsletter, Factually, asking, “Can warnings from fact-checkers reduce sharing?” It notes the following:

Paul Mena, a professor of journalism and news writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara … concluded that people were less likely to share content on Facebook that includes a fact-checking warning label than stories that are not flagged. …

Mena’s study was based on a sample of 501 participants from across the political spectrum who were asked about whether they would share certain kinds of content on Facebook.

‘The study showed that respondents who saw a fabricated Facebook post with a warning label had lower intentions to share that content than those who did not see the flag,’ his report said. The effect of these sharing intentions, notably, remained the same even after Mena controlled for the participants’ political leaning.

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