The Go Viral! Game Makes a Person Better at Spotting Misinformation
- “Prebunking” strengthens a person’s awareness of the manipulative tactics that characterize misinformation.
- An online game called “Go Viral!” teaches players how misinformation works, as they try to win by making fake news go viral.
- Researchers find that prebunking games and infographics can help people spot manipulative, untrustworthy information.
“While fact-checking is vital work, it can come too late,” says Professor Sander van der Linden, Director of the Social Decision-Making Lab at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. “Trying to debunk misinformation after it spreads is often a difficult if not impossible task.”