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  • Would you buy into a computer game that is said to ‘vaccinate’ players against misinformation?

A collaboration between Cambridge researchers and Dutch media collective DROG, is launching an English version of a fake news game online at

The psychological theory behind the research is “inoculation” and Dr Sander van der Linden, Director of Cambridge University’s Social Decision-Making Lab says,

A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to build immunity. Similarly, inoculation theory suggests that exposure to a weak or demystified version of an argument makes it easier to refute when confronted with more persuasive claims. If you know what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone who is actively trying to deceive you, it should increase your ability to spot and resist the techniques of deceit. We want to help grow ‘mental antibodies’ that can provide some immunity against the rapid spread of misinformation.

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