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Experts say that we can & # 39; selectively pay attention to some of the stories that are shared with us and can ignore others & # 39; on social media - such as the spread of & # 39; fake news & # 39 ;, a term made popular by Donald Trump

Cynical voices on social media have the power to undermine confidence in mainstream media and have a greater impact than positive comments, a study found.

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The strongest influence of trust in the news can come from face-to-face interactions, but researchers say that when it comes to the online world, people are more likely to be influenced by those who distrust the media.

Experts say that we can & # 39; selectively pay attention to some of the stories that are shared with us and others can ignore & # 39; on social media – such as the spread of & # 39; fake news & # 39 ;, a term that became popular by Donald Trump.

The study, led by Rutgers University researchers, said that & # 39; negativity bias & # 39; – things of a cynical nature have a greater effect on us than positive things – means that we are more likely to notice & # 39; more cynical and contemptuous messages & # 39 ;.

Experts say that we can & # 39; selectively pay attention to some of the stories that are shared with us and can ignore others & # 39; on social media - such as the spread of & # 39; fake news & # 39 ;, a term made popular by Donald Trump

Experts say that we can & # 39; selectively pay attention to some of the stories that are shared with us and can ignore others & # 39; on social media – such as the spread of & # 39; fake news & # 39 ;, a term made popular by Donald Trump

In the survey, the research team interviewed 350 students at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and found that their views were strongly influenced by negative comments they saw online about the media.

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Fake news on social media is likely to influence people's opinions because of the ease that it can spread.

Politicians are known to generate fake news – especially during elections – but also use the term to cast doubt on legitimate news that works against them – a tactic Trump has used.

During his presidential campaign and election, Trump uses the term & # 39; fake news & # 39; popularized to describe negative reporting about themselves.

He often tweets about & # 39; fake news & # 39; and calls the press the & # 39; enemy of the people & # 39;

He often tweets about & # 39; fake news & # 39; and calls the press the & # 39; enemy of the people & # 39;

He often tweets about & # 39; fake news & # 39; and calls the press the & # 39; enemy of the people & # 39;

He often tweets about & # 39; fake news & # 39; and calls the press the & # 39; enemy of the people & # 39 ;. and has even banned the New York Times and the Washington Post from federal buildings.

& # 39; Our real opponent is not the Democrats, or the decreasing number of Republicans who have lost their way and stayed behind, our primary opponent is the Fake News Media, & # 39; he tweeted last month.

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& # 39; The Fake News Media are doing everything they can to make the economy crash because they think it will be bad for me and my re-election, "he tweeted in September.

His tweets have even influenced local governments, such as Citrus County, a coastal area west of Orlando, that this week blocked digital subscriptions to the New York Times and rejected the newspaper as & # 39; fake news & # 39 ;.

His tweets have even influenced local governments, such as Citrus County, a coastal area west of Orlando, that this week blocked digital subscriptions to the New York Times

His tweets have even influenced local governments, such as Citrus County, a coastal area west of Orlando, that this week blocked digital subscriptions to the New York Times

His tweets have even influenced local governments, such as Citrus County, a coastal area west of Orlando, that this week blocked digital subscriptions to the New York Times

& # 39; Another Fake News story - it never ends! & # 39; he tweeted

& # 39; Another Fake News story - it never ends! & # 39; he tweeted

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& # 39; Another Fake News story – it never ends! & # 39; he tweeted

& # 39; The Fake News Media are doing everything they can to make the economy crash because they think it will be bad for me and my re-election, "he tweeted in September

& # 39; The Fake News Media are doing everything they can to make the economy crash because they think it will be bad for me and my re-election, "he tweeted in September

& # 39; The Fake News Media are doing everything they can to make the economy crash because they think it will be bad for me and my re-election, "he tweeted in September

& # 39; Fake news, I agree with President Trump, & # 39; said Commissioner Scott Carnahan during a meeting. & # 39; I don't want the New York Times in this county. I don't agree, I don't like them, it's fake news and I vote no. They can take that money and do something else with it … I support Donald Trump. & # 39;

Stories that the publications have published include one Pulitzer prize-winning research through the story of the New York Times that revealed that Trump is not a self-made millionaire and the discovery by the Washington Post of Trump & # 39; s & # 39; grab them by the p ** sy & # 39; remarks.

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& # 39; With face-to-face interaction we can choose our conversation partners, but we receive their views without artificial filters and can be influenced by positive or negative views, & # 39; said the author of the study, Katherine Ognyanova, an assistant professor of communication at Rutgers University of New Brunswick & # 39; s School of Communication and Information.

& # 39; But on social media we can selectively pay attention to some of the stories that are shared with us and ignore others.

& # 39; This can make it harder to take a step back and evaluate what we read online, and to separate opinion and fact from well-reasoned arguments. & # 39;

Stories published by the publications include a Pulitzer Prize-winning study by the story of the New York Times that showed that Trump is not a self-made millionaire

Stories published by the publications include a Pulitzer Prize-winning study by the story of the New York Times that showed that Trump is not a self-made millionaire

Stories published by the publications include a Pulitzer Prize-winning study by the story of the New York Times that showed that Trump is not a self-made millionaire

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& # 39; The erosion of trust in mainstream news media, particularly in the midst of increasing political polarization in the country, large-scale disinformation campaigns and press attacks by political elites, is a very real concern for our society, & # 39; Ognyanova said.

& # 39; Most of us like to think that we are exposed to a balanced set of views. The truth is that we are more influenced by people who agree with us and share our political opinions.

& # 39; Findings about the great influence of cynical views online are also worrying, especially considering how many of our social interactions are taking place on the internet. & # 39;

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