Your squad, or social group, can have a huge impact on how you view the world. Now, new research shows that the people you hang out or work with might also impact your information literacy, or how well you can identify fact from fiction.

Many people have difficulty authenticating online information, and today’s personalized systems on social media are making it even harder to distinguish fact from fake news.

In 2016, researchers at Stanford University found that 60 percent of college students were unable to correctly evaluate if a tweet was an accurate source of information or not. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that social dynamics, or group behaviors and interactions, have a significant impact on information literacy and evaluating online sources, even when groups have equal access to information.

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This article first appeared online via the MU News Bureau.


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