How news websites spread (and debunk) online rumors, unverified claims and misinformation.

Tow Center :: It’s a vicious-yet-familiar cycle: A claim makes its way to social media or elsewhere online. One or a few news sites choose to repeat it. Some employ headlines that declare the claim to be true to encourage sharing and clicks, while others use hedging language such as “reportedly.”

Read Craig Silverman, towcenter.org