This is how conspiracy theories go viral on Facebook
BostInno - 03/21/2014
Conspiracy theories run rampant on Facebook. Why? Well, sometime between posting that umpteenth puppy picture and sharing just another photo of their adorable newborn nephew, your friends read a headline and automatically assume it’s true, sharing the story in outrage before taking the time to dig deeper.
People fluent in satire like Andy Borowitz, or publications like The Onion, have confused the misinformed masses, too gullible to realize when news isn’t news at all. (Yes, it’s literally unbelievable.) A group of Northeastern University researchers have proved there’s more behind our willingness to believe nearly anything, however.
We just distrust of mainstream media sources.