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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > July/August 2018 > Lies and False News Spread Faster, Farther Online Than Truth, Study Shows

Lies and False News Spread Faster, Farther Online Than Truth, Study Shows

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

—Charles Spurgeon

Those may be the words of a nineteenth-century English Baptist preacher, but scientific skeptics also know that no debunking of a bizarre claim can ever catch up with the original story. And that’s now especially so in our age of social media.

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