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Saturday June 23rd, 2018 evening edition

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Political misinformation is harder to correct than health misinformation – especially among the educated.

New research indicates that corrections have a moderate influence on belief in misinformation.

“As communication scholars, correction of misinformation offers an extremely challenging context to examine the limits of media effects and persuasion.

For their study, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 65 previous studies on correcting misinformation about science, health, politics, marketing, and crime.

However, misinformation about politics was harder to correct than misinformation about health, particularly among participants who were well-educated political partisans.

“Thus, it seems that the study offers enough ammunition both for the optimistic and the pessimistic points of view on correction of misinformation.​”.

The study, “How to unring the bell: A meta-analytic approach to correction of misinformation“, was authored by Nathan Walter and Sheila T. Murphy. »

It Turns out All Kinds of Tech Companies Are Working With ICE

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According to a public records search conducted by NBC, companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, and Palantir all have active contracts with ICE.

Per government records, Palantir has one active contract with ICE for creating a web-enabled case management system.

According to The Verge, the federal systems branch of Dell currently has over $22 million in active contracts with ICE. »

Donald Trump flips on North Korea, declaring country still an 'extraordinary threat'

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Donald Trump has declared that North Korea still poses an “extraordinary threat” to the United States, just days after saying that the country’s nuclear program no longer constituted a danger.

While expected, the declaration comes just nine days after Trump tweeted: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. »

Even in the Middle Ages, People Didn’t Think the Earth Was Flat

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“With extraordinary few exceptions, no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward believed that the Earth was flat,” historian Jeffrey Burton Russell wrote in 1997.

By the first century A.D., “the sphericity of the earth was accepted by all educated Greeks and Romans.”.

“The point is that no educated person believed” the Earth was flat, Russell notes. »