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Rise of disinformation shows the importance of different perspectives

Confirmation bias magnifies the Rashomon effect on social media platforms

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A man checks his smartphone in Beijing: Chinese netizens are not even made aware that other opinions exist.   © AP

Neil Seeman is a senior fellow at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, where he is senior academic adviser to the Investigative Journalism Bureau and a senior fellow at Massey College. He is chairman of RIWI.

In his 1950 masterpiece "Rashomon," Japanese director Akira Kurosawa showed how individuals who witness the same event from different angles could remember only what is salient to their own circumstances. Reaching different conclusions about what happened, their recollections emerge as idiosyncratic conspiratorial delusions.

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