Recent “fake-news” occurrences have raised attention and concern about the social and political impacts of misinformation spreading on the internet. These occurrences include substantially impactful reports surrounding the spread of misinformation related to the 2016 presidential election and the COVID virus, treatments and vaccines. This research focuses on the social media platform Facebook as a catalyst for the spread of misinformation. It explores factors that stimulate and promote discovery and alleviation of misinformation on this platform. This study hopes to contribute to the extant literature on misinformation by providing insight into the techniques used to spread misinformation, misinformation detection methods, and mitigation techniques specifically related to the social media platform Facebook.

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